Women’s Commission Code of Ethics & Good Practice

Code of Ethics & Good Practice


The Women’s Commission of Cycling Ireland


Policy Statement

The Women’s Commission is fully committed to safeguarding the well being of its members.  Every individual in the WC should at all times, show respect and understanding for members rights, safety and welfare and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the Commission.

The WC wish to allow members and participants to perform to the best of their ability, free from bullying and intimidation.

Code of Conduct for the WC

The Women’s Commission wishes to provide the best possible environment for all Riders involved in the sport of  women’s cycling. WC members will provide enjoyable, safe sporting opportunities, free of abuse of any kind.   

All WC members have rights, which must be respected, and responsibilities that they must accept. WC members should be encouraged to realise that they have responsibilities to treat other commissions, participants and club officials with fairness and respect.

WC Members are entitled to:

  • Be safe and to feel safe
  • Be listened to
  • Be believed
  • Be treated with dignity, sensitivity and respect 
  • Have a voice in the commission 
  • Participate on an equal basis
  • Make complaints and have them dealt with

WC Members should always:

  • Treat all officials  with respect e.g. Commassires, Marshall’s, coaches, managers, selectors, club officials etc.,)
  • Respect  WC members, even when things go wrong
  • Abide by the rules set down by Team managers and Riders Reps when traveling to away events.
  • Behave in a manner that avoids bringing the Commission into disrepute
  • WC cyclists should always obey the rules of the road. 

WC Members should never:

  • Cheat 
  • Use violence or physical contact that is not allowed within the rules
  • Shout or argue with officials, team mates, opponents, Commassires and Marshals 
  • Harm Commission members or their property
  • Bully or use bullying tactics to isolate another commission member
  • Use unfair or bullying tactics to gain advantage
  • Take banned substances
  • Tell lies/ Spread rumors about Commission members

Core Values in WC for Young People

The work of The Women’s Commission is based on the following principles that will guide the development of sport for young girls in this sport,  Young People’s experience of sport should be guided by what is best for the young person. The stages of development and the ability of the young person should guide the types of activity provided within the commission. Adults will need to have a basic understanding of the needs of young people, including physical, emotional and personal.

Integrity in relationships:

Adults interacting with young people in sport should do so with integrity and respect for the child.  There is a danger that sporting contexts can be used to exploit or undermine children.  All adult actions in sport should be guided by what is best for the child and in the context of quality, open working relationships.  Verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse of any kind is unacceptable within sport.


All children should be treated in an equitable and fair manner regardless of age, ability, sex, religion, social and ethnic background or political persuasion.  Children with disability should be involved in sports activities in an integrated way, thus allowing them to participate to their potential alongside other children.

The Women’s Commission Code of Conduct:

  1. I will respect the rules and procedures set down in  WC Code of Ethics 
  1. I will respect Commission members, Club leaders, (eg. coaches, officials, Reps), as well as riders and coaches .  
  1. I will respect the Commission and support  their efforts
  1. I will respect the elected officials and their authority during sessions and events e.g. Meetings, Training , Races/Competitions etc 
  1. I will never demonstrate threatening or abusive behavior or use foul language.

WC Disciplinary, Complaints and Appeals Procedure

  • Complains may be lodged by all members of the Commission.
  • They should be received in writing by the secretary of the Commission.
  • The complaint should outline all relevant details about other parties involved
  • The complaint should be brought to the attention of the Chairperson who will convene a disciplinary committee
  • The disciplinary committee should hear the case of all parties involved and decide if a rule or regulation has been infringed
  • They should, in writing, inform those involved of the sanctions to be imposed. Written notification should be given to parents if the complaint is against a junior member 
  • The Secretary will keep all records on file for six months
  • The WC appeals committee should confirm or set aside or change any sanction imposed by the disciplinary committee. 

I have read and agree to abide by the above guidelines

__________________ (signed) _____________ (date)