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True Sport

Cross Country Canada and Cross Country BC are members of True Sport movement and encourage member clubs to join as well.

True Sport is a series of programs and initiatives designed to give people, communities and organizations the means by which to leverage the many benefits of sport from a platform of shared values and principles. Through public consultation, Canadians have told us that they want their sport experience to be based on the values of /fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun.

True Sport is dedicated to the notion that good sport can make a great difference. It is our mission to deliver programs and initiatives that…

  • Enable participants, parents, coaches and officials to articulate and act upon their  deeply held belief in the virtues of good sport
  • Enable participants, parents, coaches and officials to identify with others holding similar values
  • Create a fair, safe and open atmosphere where good sport can grow stronger through inclusive competition at all levels.

To achieve these goals, we promote seven True Sport Principles (see below). The Principles need to be in play at all times, working in perfect balance with one another, for sport to be truly good and have the opportunity to make the greatest difference, True Sport teams, clubs, athletes, coaches and teachers commit to these Principles for Sport.

At the heart of True Sport is a simple idea: good sport can make a great difference. As a proud member of the True Sport movement, Cross Country Canada believes in the difference that sport can make in the everyday lives of Canadians; to achieve this, sport must first and foremost provide a positive experience for participants.  Cross Country Canada recognizes the True Sport Principles for Sport as a guiding light in defining the sport experience and proudly displays the "True Sport Lives Here" on all events and materials, which embody the principles of good sport common to all Canadians.


Always strive for excellence and rise to the challenge, but never at the expense of others.
Discover how good you can be.

Play honestly and obey the rules, in letter and spirit.
Winning is only meaningful when competition is fair.

Show respect for everyone involved in creating a sporting experience, both on the field and off.
Win with dignity and lose with grace.

Find the joy of sport and have a good time.
Keep a positive attitude and look to make a positive difference, on the field and in your community.

Place physical and mental health above all other considerations and avoid unsafe activities.
Respect your body and keep in shape.

Share sport with others, regardless of creed, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or ability.
Invite everyone into sport to make it more meaningful for the whole community.

Always remember the community that supports your sport and helps make it possible.
Find ways to show your appreciation and help others get the most out of sport.

To learn more about "True Sport" and how your club can join, click on: