This Code of Behaviour aims to set out the minimum standards for anyone involved in swimming. It should apply when taking part in any club-sanctioned activities. Any person associated with Hornsby Swimming Club should:
- Act within the rules and spirit of swimming.
- Promote fair play over winning at any cost.
- Encourage and support opportunities for people to learn appropriate behaviours and skills.
- Support opportunities for participation in all aspects of swimming.
- Treat each person as an individual.
- Show respect and courtesy to all involved.
- Respect the rights and worth of every person, regardless of their age, race, gender, ability, cultural background, sexuality or religion.
- Respect the decisions of officials and administrators.
- Wherever practical, avoid unaccompanied and unobserved one-on-one activity (when in asupervisory capacity or where a power imbalance exists) with people under the age of 18.
- Seek permission when taking and/or sharing photographs from the people in the image and ensure images are appropriate.
- Display appropriate and responsible behaviour in all interactions.
- Display responsible behaviour in relation to alcohol and other drugs.
- Act with integrity and objectivity, and accept responsibility for your decisions and actions.
- Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a safe environment.
- Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a harassment-free environment.
- Do not tolerate abusive, bullying or threatening behaviour.
- Give your best at all times.
- Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit.
- Play by the rules and show respect for other swimmers and officials.
- Place the safety and welfare of swimmers above all else.
- Ensure all swimmers are included and can participate, regardless of race, gender, ability, cultural background, sexuality or religion.
- Be consistent, impartial and objective when making decisions.
- Address unsporting behaviour and promote respect for other swimmers and officials.
- Encourage your child to participate, do their best and have fun.
- Focus on your child’s effort and performance, rather than winning or losing.
- Never ridicule or yell at a child for making a mistake or losing.
- Help out the officials where possible.
- Model appropriate behaviour, including respect for other swimmers and officials.
- Respect the effort and performance of swimmers and officials.
- Reject the use of harassment, bullying or violence in any form, whether by other spectators, coaches, officials or swimmers.