The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) is taking part in an Australian-first benchmarking program designed to measure the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) people within Australian sport.
JThe Pride in Sport Index (PSI) is an initiative of the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Australian Sports Commission.
JIt allows Australian sporting organisations to not only determine what constitutes good practice, but benchmark their own initiatives against an external measure and other sporting bodies.
GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC, said the Corporation’s participation is in line with its vision to stage an event that welcomes participation by people of every gender, socio-economic status, race, orientation or ability.
GOLDOC – the first Commonwealth Games organising body to participate – is committed to delivering a sustainable event that leaves a positive legacy for the local community and the people and societies that it reaches.
Our focus on inclusion covers our workforce, volunteers, athletes and spectators.
Being part of the Pride in Sport Index supports our zero tolerance approach to homophobia, bullying and harassment.
JIt also sends a clear message about our expectations around appropriate behaviour.
We want to ensure that everyone can enjoy the Games in a truly inclusive environment.
Pride in Sport Senior Program Manager Ross Wetherbee welcomed GOLDOC’s participation.
There’s much work left to do to ensure that all LGBTI people feel safe and able to participate in sport.
GOLDOC joins a number of high profile national and State sporting organisations in participating in the first-ever Pride in Sport Index.
The leadership of GOLDOC sends a strong message of support to the LGBTI community.
GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters said inclusiveness is the foundation of his organisation’s operations.
From policy development to delivery, extensive planning will continue to allow us to eliminate barriers – physical or otherwise.
Our aim is to provide a safe, independent and dignified experience for everyone.