Leading Australian orgs tackle sports’ big issues

Tuesday 27 September, 2016

Leading Australian orgs tackle sports’ big issues

Racism, gender inequity, homophobia and violence against women are just some of the issues that will be on the table for discussion at the inaugural Diversity & Inclusion in Sport National Forum this October in Melbourne.

Seven of Australia’s leading sports and social justice organisations have joined forces to present the national Diversity & Inclusion in Sport Forum, tackling these and many other inclusion and equity challenges in Australian sports.

Peter Downs, Manager, Play by the Rules says it is Australia’s changing population that sports need to adapt to, not the other way around.

“Australia is changing in size and diversity, as are the communities in which sport operates. For sports to flourish and grow they need to continue to evolve and innovate. However, understanding and engaging diverse communities and meeting their needs can present many challenges.”

“This new sporting industry event aims to share ideas, strategies and best practice across the sport sector, and explore future approaches and solutions to help sport get inclusion and diversity right.”

Hosted by journalist and ABC NewsRadio presenter Tracey Holmes, forum topics will include: gender equity, homophobia in sport, addressing violence against women, sporting opportunities for people with a disability and inclusion of LGBTIQ participants in sports, plus many more. The FULL AGENDA is available at: http://inclusionaustralia.com/

Speakers will include:

  • Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner
  • Kelly Applebee, AFL Players Association
  • Dr Ramón Spaaij, Victoria University
  • Ellen Beale, National Rugby League
  • Julia Symons, Netball Australia
  • Dr Ruth Jeanes, Monash University
  • Michael Woods, Swimming Australia
  • Peter Downs, Play by the Rules
  • Carmel Guerra, Centre for Multicultural Youth

Date: Friday, 7 October

Time: 9.30am-4.30pm

Venue: Jasper Hotel, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne


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