Patrick Chan and Kirsten Towers-Moore have been appointed ambassadors for safe sport ©Getty Images

Skate Canada has launched a safe sport programme, announcing three-time Canadian pair champion and Olympian, Kirsten Moore-Towers, and three-time world champion Patrick Chan, as its ambassadors for the 2021-2022 season.

The new programme will allow alumni and current athletes to help out in the sport by setting a positive example for the next generation of competitors.

"I am so honoured and thrilled to be named a safe sport ambassador for the upcoming season, alongside Patrick Chan, who has been a long-time teammate and friend," said Moore-Towers.

"I look forward to playing a key role in helping increase the awareness of Skate Canada's national safe sport programme to all members and registrants."

Both Moore-Towers and Chan will be involved in increasing awareness and education of safe sport by promoting Skate Canada's new programme through different channels.

They will work closely with the safe sport and communications division to achieve goals such as communicating the programme to Skate Canada's members and registrants, safe sport education and representing the programme at events.

"I am very humbled to be named one of Skate Canada's safe sport ambassadors for the 2021-2022 season," added Chan.

"I am also very excited to have the opportunity to work with Kirsten Moore-Towers, who has been a positive role model in the figure skating world.

"I believe Kirsten and I will be able to set a positive example and successfully relay Skate Canada's safe sport messaging to the future generation of athletes."

Safe sport initiatives have been forming increasingly across governing bodies since the Netflix documentary Athlete A showed systemic abuse within USA Gymnastics, largely centred around former national team doctor and convicted serial rapist and sex offender Larry Nassar.

Athletes in various sports have since called for increasing checks for safe sport for coaches and athletes.