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Date: Saturday, September 28th, 2019

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (following the 2019 Tennis BC Annual General Meeting) Location: Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club

Dear tennis community,

Following the 2019 Tennis BC Annual General Meeting on September 28, 2019, Tennis BC will be hosting a very important workshop regarding Safe Sport.

As previously announced, Tennis Canada, Tennis BC and other sport organizations across Canada are boldly stepping up their commitment to ensure a safe and positive environment for everyone to enjoy and prosper in tennis. As part of this initiative, Tennis BC will be hosting a complimentary workshop on the topic of Safe Sport. The workshop will be lead by Tennis Canada’s Director of Safesport and Integrity, Ilan Yampolsky, and former Canadian Olympic-skier and Safe Sport advocate, Allison Forsyth. Topic’s to be discussed include:

  • Liability and reporting;
  • Types of abuse and grooming process;
  • Safe Sport from a first-hand victim’s experience;
  • The current landscape of Safe Sport in Canada; and
  • Safe Sport initiatives for tennis in Canada for the next year.

Whether you are an athlete, the parent of an athlete, a coach, a club representative or in any way involved with sport in BC, this workshop will be of value and importance to you. If you have any questions, please contact

Fostering a sport environment that is safe for all participants, at all levels of competition, is everyone’s responsibility.

More information about the Safe Sport workshop leaders:

Ilan Yampolsky

Ilan has extensive experience working in the areas of safety and risk management within vulnerable sectors, including volunteer-based child and youth organizations. He worked at the Office of Risk Management at University of Ottawa; served as Director, Child and Youth Safety at Scouts Canada, and as a Director of Safe Sport at Skate Canada setting up the first Safe Sport department in a Canadian NSO. He is currently the Director, Safe Sport and Integrity at Tennis Canada. Ilan is a Certified Risk Manager. His volunteer experience includes working with the Canadian Red Cross on their Disaster Management Strategic Planning, sitting on the Safety Committee of the board for Scouts Canada, and sitting as a director on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa.

Allison Forsyth

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, B.C., Allison began her competitive ski career at 5 years of age. Progressing quickly up the ranks and qualifying for the National Team at 17, she then competed exclusively on the World Cup Circuit of Alpine skiing for 11 years, maintaining a top 15 World Ranking for the entire length of her career. She is an 8 time Canadian Champion, has 5 World Cup podiums, and earned a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2003. She also competed for Canada in two Olympic Games, 2002 and 2006. After retiring due to injury in 2008, she took her experience in sport marketing and high level sport, and started her 10 year career at lululemon in the field of brand, marketing, communications, and leadership and development. Moving to Oakville 2 years ago from Vancouver, her passion for athletics, brand, and athlete advocacy has now launched her in to a career of training, coaching, and brand consulting. She is most passionate about supporting athletes and businesses in achieving their goals and loves a challenge. As a strong athlete and Safe Sport advocate, Allison sits on the board of Athletes CAN, an athlete-lead Association that represents ALL National Team athletes as a strong collective voice on key issues and initiatives in elite sport. Due to her own personal experience with abuse in sport, Allison is now instrumental in seeing change in the realm of athlete safety in sport so all athletes have a safe, healthy sport environment in which to train and compete on the world stage. She is a proud board member of AthletesCAN, Advisory Committee Member of the SDRCC, and is currently working with CCES on creating the Universal Code of Conduct for Safe Sport.

Allison is a level 3 certified coach in alpine skiing, strength and conditioning trainer, nutrition coach, and a personal coach focused on goals and personal development. She strongly believes that sport and life intertwine and a balance is necessary between the two to develop the skills necessary to not only succeed in sport, but do so with a happy and healthy mindset.

Please share this information with your friends, family, club members, athletes and network. A PDF version of this workshop information may be found here.