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Pride in Sports - showcased at Mardi Gras 2024

Published Mon 04 Mar 2024


Sports showcased at Mardi Gras+

🥋 After launching in 2023 at Sydney WorldPride, the Mardi Gras Martial Arts Tournament took centre stage at the King George V Recreation Centre in the shadow of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Original 78er, Black Belt and Chief Instructor Penny Gulliver organised the event, which welcomed participants from around Australia. Gay and Lesbian Martial Arts, based in Newtown, also hosted a free community Self Defence workshop. 


🏀 Returning for a second year in 2024 was Pride Basketball Australia Tournament, featuring teams from across Australia and visiting athletes from the USA. The tournament rocked Alexandria Basketball Stadium for three days. The format allowed participants to register an entire team, or sign up solo and be given a squad to compete with. Pride Ambassadors Matt Caruana and Illawarra Hawks legend AJ Ogilvy were on hand to support and inspire throughout the competition.


🏸 Also in Alexandria, at the National Badminton Centre, the Shuttle Swingers hosted their Mardi Gras Pride Smash. Not your usual Badminton Tournament - with pumping tunes from an on-site DJ, special guests, exhibition matches and glow in the dark games - the Smash was a hit with both beginners and seasoned players.

🏐 Not to be outdone, Freezone Volleyball launched their Mardi Gras Volleyball Tournament. Taking over the Perry Park Recreation Centre for two days, the competition featured men's, women's and mixed divisions (and prizes for best dressed!). Coogee Beach Volleyball Association and Randwick Council also hosted a come-and-try event on the beach to kick off the festival.
These sports were recipients of a 2024 Mardi Gras+ promotion pack, valued at either $500 or $1000. If your sport is planning to hold an event in 2025, get in touch with Pride in Sport to discuss how we can support your initiatives. 

Research blows the whistle on female referee uniforms

Victoria University, the Susan Alberti Medical Foundation and Women Sport Australia have released a study that found out that a lot of referees and umpires just don't feel good in their uniforms.

Summary of results:
😕👕 61% of referees and umpires feel uncomfortable wearing their current uniform. 

😃🌈 82% would feel more confident officiating if wearing their preferred uniform.

🚧👚Nearly two-thirds of non-officials identified uniforms as a barrier to officiating. 

The big takeaway? Uniforms matter more than some sports administrators realise, especially for women and non-binary folks who want to lead on the field but feel held back by what they have to wear. It's not just about looking professional; it's about feeling like yourself while doing it. That's where the Pride in Sport Index can come into play, nudging sports groups to let everyone pick uniforms that feel right for them. 

Check out the study, here.
Learn more about the Pride in Sport Index, here.



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