September 17, 2013

KSA dinner meeting with Bob Copeland

Updated Tuesday December 24, 2013 by Kitchener Sports Association.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013 


In the absence of vacationing KSA President Bill Pegg, Operating Committee member Lori Kowalski chaired the meeting.

Tom Clancy recapped the contributions made by John Thompson to the sports community - specifically fastball in recognition of the announcement of John's upcoming (June 2014) induction into the ISC Fastball Hall of Fame.

After grace by Toni Pottier, attendees enjoyed dinner at the Edelweiss and then the presentation by Bob Copeland.



Bob Copeland, University of Waterloo, Athletic Director

        Bob is the Director of Athletics at the University of Waterloo (UofW). He has held several progressive senior management positions with UofW over the past 17 years including Associate VP, Development and Alumni affairs. Prior to joining UofW, Bob worked in private sector sports marketing and management in Toronto with Branada Sports Communications. He has served in leadership capacities with Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Inter-university Sport (CIS) where he is currently the Vice-President, Marketing and Communications and a member of the CIS Board of Directors. 

         In 2010, Copeland and UofW gained international prominence for their actions in the wake of a steroid issue with the school’s varsity football team; Copeland ordered the entire team to undergo doping tests and the university subsequently suspended the team for an entire season. In recognition of this and other efforts in the fight against doping, he received Taylor’s Award in 2011. In 2011, Copeland was appointed to Canada’s National Task Force of the Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in the Sport of Football and was Chair of the OUA Performance Enhancing Drugs Education Task Force. 


"Integrity and value-based sport"

         Bob shared his experiences and insights regarding a range of issues related to integrity in sport. He reviewed several positive outcomes of the football steroid issue including a local pilot program called “Succeed Clean” that should be of interest to coaches and influencers of young athletes.

         Bob's talk led to considerable discussion and numerous questions covering the entire spectrum of sports - both recreational and competitive - and all age levels.  Whether it be enhanced performance, appearance or speed of development/recovery, substance abuse is an ongoing problem and requires constant attention.  While punishment deterrents/consequences for breaking the rules - i.e. cheating - will always be necessary, educational/motivational programs such as "Succeed Clean" act to create awareness and focus on playing "fair".    


These are photos of the event, including the presentations to each group's recipient. Click on appropriate link to reveal caption, enlarge photo and/or control the slideshow. (Adobe FlashPlayer is required.)

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