Australian Taekwondo has successfully secured funding from the Australian Sports Commission via Sport Australia to appoint a National Integrity Manager.
The resource, which will be shared between Australian Taekwondo, Judo Australia, and Boxing Australia, will work to adopt, implement, and embed the National Integrity Framework across all levels of each sport.
Australian Taekwondo's Chief Executive Officer Heather Garriock believes the appointment of a National Integrity Manager is a decisive step forward in ensuring Taekwondo is a safe, fair, and welcoming sport for everybody.
"There is no place for inappropriate behaviour or misconduct in Taekwondo. The National Integrity Framework outlines the expectations of us as a National Sporting Organisation (NSO), our members, and affiliates in our community to ensure safe and respectful conduct; it keeps everybody accountable."
"Having a National Integrity Manager will help us to safeguard clubs and members, plus, handle any complaints from within our community. This will allow us to address areas of concern, mitigate risks, and ensure a safer sport for everybody."
Last year, Australian Taekwondo adopted Sports Integrity Australia's National Integrity Framework to protect the integrity of Taekwondo in Australia and ensure a safe and healthy environment for anyone in the Australian Taekwondo community.
The National Integrity Framework sets the standard of behaviour accepted within sports and applies to clubs, athletes, members, coaches, referees, volunteers, parents, and employees.
Judo Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Emma Taylor is equally pleased with the funding announcement and what it means for Judo.
“Integrity is central to our Judo Moral Code and Judo Australia is grateful for the support provided by Sport Integrity Australia to engage a National Integrity Manager. This role will drive the education, implementation and delivery of the National Integrity Framework for our judo community. I look forward to working with Boxing Australia and Australian Taekwondo to find the right person to fill this significant role for our sports.”
Boxing Australia's General Manager Dinah Glykidis believes the move to appoint a resource to address integrity matters is a positive move forward.
“The appointment of a National Integrity Manager will be a step forward to ensure that, as a sport, we deliver up-to-date integrity policies, information, and education to our wider boxing community,
The Australian Institute of Sport is currently recruiting on behalf of Australian Taekwondo, Judo Australia, and Boxing Australia for the Integrity Manager position.
The incumbent will play a significant role in mitigating integrity threats to Taekwondo, Judo and Boxing and provide a safe, fair, and healthy environment for participants at all levels of sport.
The National Integrity Manager will also be responsible for conducting high quality, timely evaluations and will be Australian Taekwondo's point of contact for integrity and complaint related matters for the NSO.
To learn more about the National Integrity Framework and how it relates to the Australian Taekwondo community, please click here.