My son came home from last night’s and this morning’s hockey matches with a rainbow coloured band round his wrist with which he was playing on which were printed the words “Fair go, sport!” This is a pilot campaign launched last year by Sports Minister Mark Arbib and it’s some kind of joint venture between the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, and Hockey Australia and Hockey Victoria.
This is from Hockey Victoria’s press release.
Hockey teams around Victoria stand up for fairness and equality
This weekend, hockey clubs around Victoria will throw their support behind Fair go, sport! – a unique project that celebrates sexual and gender diversity in sport by increasing awareness and promoting safe and inclusive sporting environments for everyone.
For the first time ever, Hockey Victoria will host a Fair go, sport! hockey round from Friday 20 July until Wednesday 25 July, comprising of 650 hockey teams of all ages from around the state.
Acting Commissioner Karen Toohey said it was fantastic to see so many clubs getting behind Fair go, sport! and doing what they can to send a strong message that there is no place for homophobia in sport.
“By wearing the Fair go, sport! rainbow socks and wristbands, each team is saying that a player’s sexuality should no longer be cause for comment,” Ms Toohey said.
Wonderful initiative I reckon. Good on all involved. Reminds me of one of my favourite pictures (above).