Recognising Athletes, Clubs and Organisations for LGBTQ Inclusion at the Annual Pride in Sport Awards

2022-Australian-Pride-in-Sport-Awards-WinnersHockey ACT, Hockey Victoria, Macquarie University Sport and UWA Sport are among other sporting organisations and individuals who have been named as Australia’s best for LGBTQ inclusion at the Australian Pride in Sport Awards held last week at the Showtime Events Centre in Melbourne.

Launched in 2018, the Australian Pride in Sport Awards is the first celebration of its kind dedicated solely to recognising exceptional efforts in making sport more inclusive of LGBTQ people.

It is produced by Pride in Sport, the national not-for-profit sporting inclusion program spearheaded by Australia’s largest LGBTQ health organisation, ACON.

Along with several sporting clubs and organisations, individuals across various sporting codes were awarded for their efforts in making their respective sports more inclusive of LGBTQ people on and off the field, with six community awards also being handed out.

The awards showcase the results of the Pride in Sport Index (PSI) – a national benchmarking instrument used to access LGBTQ inclusion within Australian sport.

“The awards build on progress in achieving LGBTQ rights and ongoing work in making sporting arenas, pitches, and spectator stands more inclusive,” said Andrew Purchas, Co-founder of the PSI.

“The growing focus on LGBTQ inclusion, zero tolerance of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia, not only within the corporate sector via their diversity and inclusion practices, but also within sport and society as a whole, is unprecedented.”

“I congratulate all the award recipients and the many others working towards making sport in this country an inclusive place for everyone and I’m proud to celebrate those success stories at the Pride in Sport Awards today,” said Purchas.

The awards, hosted by former Australian professional tennis player Casey Dellacqua, featured keynote speakers from experts within the industry, as well as the much-anticipated award ceremony.

“The Australian Pride in Sport Awards allows us to celebrate the outstanding achievements of clubs and individuals in improving and promoting LGBTQ inclusion within sport at all levels around the country,” said Elaine Czulkowski, Acting Pride In Sport National Program Manager.

“As Australian society becomes more inclusive, so too must sport. There is more to be done to ensure sport – whether on or off the field – is inclusive of everyone and that every person feels welcome as they are, in the sport they love to play. Everyone has fundamental right to participate in sport.”

“Pride In Sport would like to congratulate all sporting codes, clubs, athletes, administrators, support staff and the many volunteers on the efforts they are making to ensure everyone is welcome and supported in sport,” said Czulkowski.

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Image: 2022 Australian Pride in Sport Awards Winners – courtesy of Pride in Sport

2022 Pride in Sport Awards Recipients:

Sporting Organisation of the Year: Macquarie University Sport
Gold & Community Sporting Organisation of the Year: ClimbingQTs
Achievement Award for Most Improved: UWA Sport
LGBTQ Ally Award: Cassie Lindsey, Geelong Cats
Executive Leader Award: Craig Tiley, Tennis Australia
LGBTQ Inclusive Coach Award: Sheena Atkin, Queer Sporting Alliance
LGBTQ Out Role Model Award: Dominic Clarke, Gymnastics NSW
LGBTQ Positive Media Award: Elliott, WIN News Tasmania
LGBTQ Inclusion Initiative Award: Champion Come Out & Play, Queer Sporting Alliance
Gold Sporting Organisations:
  • Hockey ACT
  • Hockey Victoria
  • Macquarie University Sport
  • UWA Sport
Silver Sporting Organisations:
  • Athletics Australia
  • Bentstix Hockey Club (Community Sporting)
  • Hockey Australia
  • Hockey New South Wales
  • Netball Victoria
  • St Kilda Football Club
  • Tennis Australia
  • 1 not for publication
Bronze Sporting Organisations:
  • Cricket Australia
  • Kingston City Rollers (Community Sporting)
  • National Rugby League (NRL)
  • Swinburne Student Life
  • UniSport Australia