SPORT/SOCIAL JUSTICE – for good and for glory

‘Sport should be a space for everyone’

30 January 2014
In an article I wrote for Play by the Rules last year (Breaking down the barriers within sport), I discussed some of the thinking behind some of the standard responses used to justify homophobic behavior in sport, and highlighted the injurious effect these actions have on both individuals and sport in general. While momentum has been building on the subject of anti-homophobia in sport over the past few years, I have been critical of the apathy shown towards addressing the issue by sporting hierarchies, which to date has been dismissive, disappointing and frustratingly slow. ….

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‘Don’t DIS anyone’s ABILITY’

3 December 2013
In a deadpan voice, masking the gravity of the words that flowed, the doctor said to my mum: “Your child should not take part in any high-impact activities like jumping or running. He’ll be bed-ridden for two years with his legs permanently strapped to a metal brace.”

He couldn’t have meant two years. Two years was a lifetime! This wasn’t the news a hyperactive, sports-mad boy wanted to hear on his seventh birthday.

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‘The importance of play in children’s lives’

28 October 2013
I listened to a podcast recently from one of Australia’s leading advocates for children’s play (Vice President of the International Play Association, Robyn Monro Miller) who was speaking about the release of a UN toolkit to help governments around the world implement play initiatives. She explained that it is essential for a child’s healthy physical and emotional development that they have time for unstructured spontaneous play.

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