Paddle Australia launches LGBTQ Inclusion Policy

As we recognise and celebrate inclusion on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) today, Paddle Australia (PA) are proud to release its LGBTQ Inclusion Policy.

PA’s LGBTQ Inclusion Policy affirms the organisations’ commitment to supporting the inclusion of LGBTQ identifying people in paddling, to ensure we foster a safe, equitable and welcoming environment by eliminating discriminatory behaviour within our facilities, programs and services and ensure our staff, volunteers and wider paddling community are suitably educated. 

PA has undertaken a broad consultation process through the development of its Policy, seeking feedback and review from its Board, Competitions Committee, Ethics and Integrity Committee, Athletes Commission, and State Paddle Associations. 

Paddle Australia CEO Phil Jones, said the launch of the LGBTQ Inclusion Policy is a key component of the Participation pillar in the 2020 – 2024 Paddling in Australia Strategic Plan, to ensure an inclusive and active paddling community.

“Paddle Australia is committed to creating a safe, fair and inclusive space for all people, regardless of gender expression, gender identity and sexuality,” Jones said.

“Inclusion is at the core of our values as an organisation, reflective of the diversity of our local communities. 

“We recently announced our membership to the Australian Pride in Sport Program, and the release of our LGBTQ Inclusion Policy is another step towards making paddling a more welcoming place for all.

“We have undertaken an extensive consultation process in the development of this Policy, we would like to thank those who contributed to its development.”

See the LGBTQ Inclusion Policy here.

Paddle Australia would like to thank Pride in Sport for their support throughout this process.

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