Excerpt from the Montreal Rowing Club Code of Conduct

All CAM Members are expected to:

Pay promptly for the program they are participating in or for the equipment (such as private boats, oars etc.) they are storing on CAM’s premises;

Treat others with respect and refrain from negative or disparaging remarks or comments;

Recognize that Members form one team, cooperate with one another, demonstrate mutual respect and avoid criticism of each other and/or opponents, regatta organizers, officials, volunteers and Members of other clubs by and/or through any means (including e-mail, social media/networking sites, media, etc.);

Accept CAM decisions and utilize the formal review process of described in this Code of Conduct in collaboration with their coach, to protest or challenge any such decision in the event of disagreement;

Dress appropriately at all times.  On CAM’s premises (indoors and outdoors), t-shirts, tank tops or unisuits are to be worn at all times. Bathing suits, underwear or bare chests or abdomens are not appropriate attire. Appropriate foot gear should be worn at all times when walking on the premises including hangars and docks to avoid injuries or slipping while carrying equipment. During competitions, club colors must be worn to compete and all attire rules of the competition must be followed (ex: head gear etc.);

Demonstrate at all times respect for opponents, regatta organizers, officials and volunteers both in victory and in defeat (good sportsmanship);

Refrain from the use of profane, insulting, detrimental or otherwise offensive conduct or language;

When competing or training outside of the club, be mindful of the fact that, as CAM Members, you are guests.  Be respectful of the host club’s traditions, take care of any property entrusted to you and express gratitude to regatta organizers and others who have shown their hospitality;

Avoid and reject the non-medical use of drugs or the use of performance‐enhancing drugs or methods, in accordance with the rules of the Canadian Center for Ethics and Sports (“CCES”) and World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”);

Comply with the Doping Control Rules contained in the Canadian Anti-Doping Program as prescribed by CCES and WADA;

Refrain from the use or consumption of any illegal products while a CAM team Member, where illegal is defined as prohibited by the laws of Canada and/or prohibited by the laws of all countries that Members may travel to as part of a CAM team;

Refrain from possessing, using, selling or distributing any alcohol, tobacco products and/or any drugs (including cannabis and any cannabis-related products) on CAM premises, when involved in CAM training sessions or competitive events, during social events hosted by CAM;

Acknowledge that CAM has a “zero tolerance” policy with respect to the consumption of alcohol by any CAM team Member under the legal drinking age, which for the purposes of this Policy is defined as age 18 years, or the legal drinking age in the applicable jurisdiction.  It is prohibited for CAM team Members (including team staff and coaches) of legal drinking age participating in team activities where under age athletes are present to provide alcohol to minors, or enable or condone consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors. CAM team Members of legal drinking age should avoid situations where athletes under the drinking age and of drinking age are together in a venue where alcohol is available, in order to limit the potential for enabling and confusing situations. For CAM-related activities and premises where alcohol is available, athletes and team staff of legal drinking age are expected to model responsible consumption of alcohol in situations where minors are present. When travelling for competitions or training camps, local laws with regards to drinking age or drug consumption may differ and must be respected at all times;

Acknowledge that CAM has a “zero tolerance“ policy for discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, race or ethnic background, religion and any and all other prohibited and analogous grounds of discrimination under the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and any other applicable law of similar nature;

Refrain from any behaviour that constitutes or may constitute harassment, including any form of sexual and psychological harassament and any other forms of harassment that are prohibited under applicable labour standards and human rights legislation. Harassment is defined as any course of comment or conduct that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome, which may include, without limitation, any objectionable, hostile or unwanted conduct, comment, display, action or gesture that creates a risk to the health of anyone or adversely affects an individual’s dignity, psychological or physical well-being, including causing the individual to be humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment includes, without limitation, (i) engaging in any course of vexatious comment or conduct against an individual because of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression; and (ii) making any deliberate  or repeated, unsolicited sexually-oriented comments, anecdotes, gestures, flirtation, advance, proposition or conduct that are offensive and unwelcome, or create an offensive, hostile or intimidating environment, or can reasonably be expected to be harmful to participants in the sport environment;

Refrain from all types of sexual misconduct in the sports environment. For the purposes of this Code of Conduct, sexual misconduct is the use of power or authority in an attempt to coerce another person to engage in or tolerate sexual contact or activity. Such abuses of power and authority include, but are  not  limited to, explicit or implicit threats of reprisals for non-compliance or promises of reward for compliance;

Refrain from any forms of cheating, and do not offer or receive any bribe or similar benefit which is intended to manipulate the outcome of a competition;

Comply at all times with the by-laws, policies, rules and regulations of CAM, as adopted and amended from time to time, including complying with any health and safety rules and any contracts or agreements executed with or by CAM. This also applies to the policies and regulations of the Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau (“SPJD”). Failure to comply may result in life time exclusion from the premises as indicated in the SPJD policies.

Athletes in training must:

Show up on time for trainings;

Respect CAM equipment;

Wash and return all used equipment in proper condition to the proper place;

Cooperate with all team members to prepare and return equipment;

In the eventuality of equipment damage, inform coaches promptly and participate in the repairs, when possible;

Report any health or fitness-related problems in a timely fashion where such problems may limit the athlete’s ability to travel, train, or compete;

Be proactive in ensuring the weather conditions are appropriate and equipment is safe to use before starting training and follow any safety instructions provided by coaching staff or other CAM staff;

Know and respect their limits, especially for athletes with limited rowing experience;

Ask for help and offer assistance within their capacity when a fellow rower is experiencing difficulties on the water or other training premises (ex: capsized, injured, difficult weather, etc.);

For athletes with health conditions that may be triggered while training (ex: asthma, allergies, etc.) ensure to bring your medication to each training and inform coaching staff.

The full code of conduct is available at this link.