Gymnastics Canada announces involvement in LGBTQI2S Sport Inclusion Pilot Project
OTTAWA, ON (Sept. 13, 2017) -- Gymnastics Canada (GCG) is proud to announce our involvement in the LGBTQI2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and two spirited) Sport Inclusion Task Force pilot project. GCG has created a LGBTQI2S Working Group to lead the pilot and to begin to address LGBTQI2S issues in Canadian gymnastics. This working group is committed to engaging experienced voices both inside and outside of the gymnastics community to identify systemic challenges and to create an action plan to address barriers to participation by any who identify as LGBTIQS across all disciplines and levels of gymnastics in Canada. The goal of this work is to build awareness and understanding to support inclusivity at national, provincial, and club levels.
A critical component of this work is engagement with the GCG community - particularly those who identify as LGBTQI2S, in order to examine the current status of LGBTQI2S inclusion in all disciplines of gymnastics. In order to do this, confidential interviews will be conducted by the following GCG Working Group Members and LGBTQI2S Athlete and Coach Ambassadors:
Over the next few months, further outreach will be initiated to engage those who identify as LGBTQI2S within GCG. In the meantime, please feel welcome to contact in confidence any of the GCG LGBTQI2S Ambassadors via their email listed above.
Also on the GCG LGBTQI2S Sport Inclusion Pilot Project Working Group are:
- Peter Nicol, GCG President/CEO;
- Meredith Warner, GCG Sport Development Manager;
- Brian Forrester, Gymnastics BC CEO;
- Jennifer Birch-Jones, Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS); and
- Christine Hsu, Egale Canada.
GCG also encourages individuals and groups to access the following excellent resources developed for the Canadian sporting community to further build their own awareness and understanding of LGBTQI2S issues in sport, and the important role each of us can play in making sport more welcoming to sexual and gender minorities.
ABOUT THE LGBTQI2S SPORT INCLUSION TASK FORCE
The LGBTQI2S Sport Inclusion Task Force (SITF) is a flexible, informal coalition working to end LGBTQI2S bias in sport through education for, and promotion of, LGBTQI2S inclusion in Canadian sport. Building on the momentum from the Sport Inclusion Summit hosted in partnership with Pride House Toronto during the 2015 Pan Am/Para Pan Am Games in Toronto, the SITF is comprised of representatives from a range of organizations, including national sport and multi-sport organizations, LGBTQI2S sport organizations, LGBTQI2S human rights organizations, the Pride House Movement, and universities.
ABOUT GYMNASTICS CANADA
First established in 1969, Gymnastics Canada is the national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in Canada. Gymnastics Canada works closely with the twelve Provincial Federations and the 700 local clubs to provide a broad range of programs and services to meet the needs of all participants. From athlete development, to coaching and judging education, Gymnastics Canada sets the operating standards and practices for the sport in Canada. Our mandate is to promote and provide positive and diverse gymnastics experience through the delivery of quality and safe gymnastics programming. Visit www.gymcan.org for more information, or follow us @CDNgymnastics.
For more information, contact:
Program Manager, Sport Development
613.748.5637 x 228