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MWPA believes that community sport needs to address the issue of child safety, specifically as it pertains to harassment and abuse. Coaches and parents/guardians need to work together to help keep our kids safe. Parents play a critical role in protecting children.


Understanding abuse and implementing strategies to prevent it, can help us build safe environments for your child and other children in the community.

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Guiding Principles

Offering a safe environment to all our athletes and to all the various individuals who contribute to the Sport of water polo - whether they are coaches, officials, volunteers, staff, parents or only fans/spectators - is a priority for Water Polo Manitoba. 

All Participants are responsible for maintaining and enhancing the dignity and self-esteem of participants and other individuals by:

  • Demonstrating respect to individuals regardless of body type, physical characteristics, athletic ability, age, ancestry, colour, race, citizenship, ethnic origin, place of origin, creed, disability, family status, marital status, socioeconomic status, gender identity, gender expression, sex, and sexual orientation

  • Focusing comments or criticism appropriately and avoiding public criticism of athletes, coaches, officials, organizers, volunteers, employees, or Registrants

  • Consistently demonstrating a spirit of sportsmanship, sport leadership, and ethical conduct

  • Acting, when appropriate, to correct or prevent unjustly discriminatory practices

  • Consistently treating individuals fairly and reasonably

  • Ensuring adherence to the rules of Water Polo and the spirit of those rules

Safe Sport also includes other components such as Insurance, Anti-Doping Program, and appropriate Concussion Protocol.

Water Polo Canada

Safe Sport Officer

Water Polo Canada

Learn to Play Safe

Water Polo Canada


Sport Manitoba 

Keeping Kids Safe

Water Polo Players



​Concussions can occur while participating in any sport or recreational activity. Since the circumstances under which a concussion can be sustained are so varied, it’s important for all coaches, parents, and athletes to be aware of the signs, symptoms, and what to do if a concussion occurs. Our organization is committed to increased education, awareness, and established protocols that will assist you in gaining the knowledge and skills required ensuring the safety of your athletes. We can all work together to ensure a safe sport environment.


2023-24 MWPA Coaching Requirements

Safe Sport Requirements:

To ensure the safety of our athletes, new Club Coaching requirements come into effect September 1, 2023.


More specific details with respect to the new requirements can be sourced at the link below.

2023-24 Club Coaching Requirements

Screening Policy #38

Any questions contact the MWPA Office at

Safe Sport Tips for Athletes and Coaches

The first step toward creating a safer sport environment is equipping all sport communities with the knowledge of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in sport. 

Learn what behaviour is OK and what behaviour is not OK in these one-page guides for athletes and coaches.

A Pathway to Safer Sport


What is Safe Sport?

Safe Sport is an environment where individuals can have a healthy, supportive, and respectful sport experience, free from all forms of harassment and abuse.

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