Learn More About Safe Sport
USA Swimming is committed to fostering a fun, healthy, and safe environment for all its members, and in 2010, it formally implemented a comprehensive Safe Sport program to respond to and prevent instances of abuse and misconduct within the sport of swimming. Since then USA Swimming Safe Sport has worked tirelessly to educate members, put policies in place, and empower LSCs and clubs to create the best possible environments for all members.
View a timeline of the Safe Sport Program:
Full implementation of the Safe Sport Program involves six key components:
1. Policies and Guidelines
2. Screening and Selection
3. Training and Education
4. Monitoring and Supervision
5. Recognizing, Responding, and Reporting
6. Grassroots Engagement and Feedback
To learn more about these areas check out the Safe Sport Program Wheel
It is important that the Safe Sport Program realize its impact and potential. In 2013, USA Swimming commissioned an assessment of the Safe Sport Program by Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center.
Additionally, in early 2015, Safe Sport piloted a survey of coach and athlete members. While not a rigorous study, it provided valuable conversation points surrounding key program areas such as members’ awareness of Safe Sport, members’ knowledge and use of available tools, and club team culture.
List of Individuals Suspended or Ineligible for Membership - Permanently
List of Individuals Suspended or Ineligible for Membership - Specific Date
Each LSC has a designated Safe Sport Chair. The role of the LSC Safe Sport Chair is to serve as an informational resource for the LSCs clubs, coaches, and athletes. The Chair will work to increase awareness of Safe Sport in the LSC by disseminating information, promoting educational opportunities, and serve as a feedback liaison between the local level and headquarters. Safe Sport Chairs come together twice a year for training workshops.
Susan Woessner, Director of Safe Sport
In her role as Director of Safe Sport, Susan is responsible for the oversight of all aspects of USA Swimming’s athlete protection policies, guidelines, educational programs, reporting and adjudication services, and other activities and functions related to USA Swimming’s efforts to foster safe, healthy and positive sport environments. She became the Director of Safe Sport in September of 2010.
Susan has worked with USA Swimming since 2004, in both the Business Operations and National Team divisions. She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas and has experience working in the field with Girls, Inc., the Girls’ Empowerment Network of Austin and Southwest Key Programs.
Susan counts empowering young people among her passions. She has volunteered as a court appointed special advocate for CASA of the Pikes Peak Region and as a confidential victim advocate for TESSA of Colorado Springs.
From 1998-2002, Susan swam competitively for Indiana University. There she was awarded the Indiana University Scholastic Achievement Award, the IU Anita Aldrich Leadership Award and the IU Athletic Department Aline A. Robinson Mental Attitude Award.
Susan resides in Denver, Colo, with her husband, Ryan Mooney.
Susan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Hoendervoogt, Safe Sport Coordinator
Liz Hoendervoogt joined the USA Swimming staff as Safe Sport Coordinator in November of 2011.
In Liz's role, she provides administrative and program support for USA Swimming’s Safe Sport program.
She joins the NGB from the El Paso County Department of Human Services where she served as a caseworker in the Child Welfare Division’s sexual abuse unit. Hoendervoogt also brings experience with Safe Passage, a child advocacy center in Colorado Springs and Harrison School District 2, also in Colorado Springs.
Liz works alongside USA Swimming Safe Sport Director Susan Woessner to oversee and best execute the organization’s athlete protection programming.
Liz can be reached at email@example.com or 719-866-3542.
Maggie Vail, Safe Sport Education Specialist
Maggie Vail serves USA Swimming as the Safe Sport Education Specialist. Her primary responsibility is to focus on Safe Sport’s education and prevention efforts by developing new resources for members and coordinating training opportunities.
Ms. Vail earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan and previously worked as a victim advocate and counselor for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Maggie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-866-3552.