We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Proud 2 Play – an organisation that works to increase the engagement of LGBTI+ people in sport and recreation.
We understand the importance of inclusion on all levels and it would be remiss to assume that disability is the only barrier a person may face to taking part in sport and recreation.
Through this partnership we hope to better understand the intersectionality between disability, gender and sexuality and become a champion for change at all levels.
“The work Proud 2 Play are doing to educate and support community clubs to provide safe and inclusive environments is incredibly important and we are excited to support their vision through the formalisation of this MOU,’ said Richard Amon, CEO, Disability Sport & Recreation.
“Our partnership will provide reciprocal training opportunities for staff, which will deliver enormous benefits for both of our organisations.”
Christine Granger, CEO, Proud 2 Play, echoed Amon’s sentiments on the partnership, saying “Disability Sport & Recreation have been leaders in the inclusion space for many years.’
“We are excited to be able to share our knowledge to advance the diversity and understanding of both organisations thus creating safer spaces for our communities to participate in sport and recreation.’
“This partnership shows that we can work together to understand our participants needs,” she said.
Alongside the partnership, we have developed Transgender and Gender Diverse Guidelines that outline how people who take part in any of our programs or events will be allowed to participate in accordance with their gender identity.
We recognise all gender identities and support participants regardless of the gender that they identify with and how they express it.
As a direct outcome of these guidelines, from 2021 we will change the name of two of our annual award categories to be inclusive of people with disability who identify as transgender or non-binary.
From next year, we will rename the following two award categories:
Female Sportsperson of the Year renamed as Sportsperson of the Year – Woman
Male Sportsperson of the Year renamed as Sportsperson of the Year – Man
The words ‘woman’ and ‘man’ include everyone who self-identifies as women or men, regardless of their biological sex (male, female or intersex).
We encourage all state sporting associations, clubs and sport and recreation related workplaces to prevent discrimination based on gender identity in sport by adopting similar guidelines or policies.
We all have a role to play in making sure we are providing a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment to everyone who wants to take part in sport and recreation, regardless of disability, gender, sexuality or cultural background.
For more information on Proud 2 Play, visit their website.