Athletics Ontario has a fundamental obligation and responsibility to promote the health, safety and physical and mental well-being of every individual who is involved in the sport of Athletics in Ontario.

Athletics Ontario takes very seriously all situations involving discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment or breaches of its Code of Conduct or other forms of misconduct. For this reason, Athletics Ontario is committed to enacting and enforcing strong, clear, and effective policies and procedures for preventing and addressing all forms of misconduct. Athletics Ontario also has a role in providing education concerning matters relating to Safe Sport.

To foster and maintain a Safe Sport environment, Athletics Ontario has developed the Safe Sport Policy Manual. The Board of Directors feel very strongly about Safe Sport and stand firmly behind the policy manual.

This Safe Sport Policy Manual outlines expected standards of behavior that are designed to create a safe sport environment by preventing, as much as possible, inappropriate behavior from occurring in the first place, and it contains policies and procedures to provide for consistent, timely, appropriate and meaningful action should any issues arise.

We strongly encourage all members, coaches, athletes, parents, volunteers and officials, to read the FULL policies regarding safe sport. We want our members and volunteers to feel safe and trust the sport system. It is crucial that safety in sport is understood and applied across all sports, with no exceptions.

Safe Sport Policy Manual

The Safe Sport Policy Manual gathers together nine policies that form an important part of the initiatives we have been taking to foster and maintain a safe sport environment.

The Safe Sport Policy Manual includes the following components:

  • Code of Conduct
  • Children & Vulnerable Adults Policy
  • Complaints, Dispute Resolution and Discipline Policy
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy
  • Appeal Policy
  • Event Discipline Procedure
  • Screening Policy
  • Whistleblower Policy
  • Concussion Management

CLICK HERE to view the full Safe Sport Policy Manual.

Revised May, 2021.

Click here for a summary of revisions.

Submitting a Complaint

You can fill out and submit the AO Complaint Form.

Or, if you have a potential case you’d like to discuss, please contact one of our Safe Sport Officers listed below.

Safe Sport Officers

Athletics Ontario has appointed a minimum of three Safe Sport Officers. Please see below for their contact information:

Anthony Biggar [email protected]

Anthony Biggar is the Manager of Member Services, Programs & Development with Athletics Ontario, and has been a staff member since 2006. Anthony has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toronto, and a post-graduate diploma in Recreation Leadership from Humber College. He is currently enrolled in Strategic Marketing at Ryerson University. Anthony has served on many AO Committees including the Hall of Fame, Awards, Programs & Services Committees in addition to many working groups. At AO Competitions, Anthony assists in the coordination of volunteers and helps ensure smooth day-of-event registration processes. Additionally, he has held coaching duties at Seneca College for their Varsity Cross Country program. Recently, Anthony helped create and implement new membership policies and procedures that promote a safe sport environment.

Doreen Thompson – [email protected]

Doreen Thompson has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Studies (BSc), a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), and a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D), she has a Major in Organizational Leadership and a Minor in Conflict Resolution. She currently works as Department Head at a Secondary School in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) in addition, Doreen is also a member of Zonta International and is the Chair of the Nominating Committee. As a former athlete, Doreen enjoyed competing in Discus, High Jump, Long Jump, 200m, and Relays. Today, she continues her involvement in the sport as an AO Technical Official.

Bruce Simpson – [email protected]

Bruce Simpson has been practicing law for the past 38 years, predominantly in the area of insolvency. Bruce is a former pole vaulter and Canadian record holder. He placed 5th at the 1972 Olympic Games and won gold medals at the 1978 Commonwealth Games and the 1979 Pan Am Games. Bruce also picked up a bronze medal the 1971 Pan Am Games and a silver medal at the World Student Games.

Additional Safe Sport Resources

Athletics Ontario Safety Videos

Complaint Resolution Outcomes:

List of Suspended Individuals

AO Panel Report Suspension of Randy Brookes

Appeal Decision – Randy Brookes – January 02 2020

Warwick-Fletcher v. Layne – Decision, February-24-2020

Complainant v. Barry – Final Decision of the Panel – March 3, 2020

Appeal Decision – Karl Layne – January 17, 2021

Rowan’s Law Concussion Resources

Rowans Law Concussion Resource – Ages 10 and Under

Rowans Law Concussion Resource – Ages 11-14

Rowans Law Concussion Resource – Ages 15 And Up

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