Following an independent disciplinary process, Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) announces that Angus Mortimer has been found in violation of CKC’s 2015 Discrimination and Harassment Policy after it was found that he engaged in harassment and sexual harassment while a national team athlete.
Mr. Mortimer is permanently ineligible to participate in any capacity in any program, activity, event or competition sponsored by, organized by, or under the auspices of Canoe Kayak Canada and its members, and he has been ordered to provide letters of apology to the complainants.
CKC commends the courage of the complainants who have come forward and will continue to offer support to them in relation to this matter. CKC has a fundamental obligation and responsibility to protect the health and well-being of the organization, its members, and its participants, and CKC takes this responsibility and any situation involving misconduct very seriously.
CKC also strongly supports all participants’ rights to compete in an environment that is safe and free from harassment, maltreatment, and abuse. We’ve been a strong leader in the Canadian sport system, and we’re pleased to be a supporter and signatory to the newly established Abuse Free Sport program. We’re also committed to working with Abuse Free Sport and our members to continue to strive to be better.
Any cases of alleged violations of CKC’s Safe Sport policies are dealt with thoroughly and objectively through the Independent Third-Party process. Once a decision is made, CKC fully supports the principle of openness and transparency (through public disclosure) to the extent we are able, in accordance with any final decision of a discipline panel.
We continue to respect the confidentiality of this case in accordance with our policies and out of respect for all individuals involved. Accordingly, we are unable to provide further comment and we thank you for respecting the privacy of all individuals involved.
Memo circulated to Sprint membership on November 7, 2023