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What's it got to do with me?

Say Hello, as we welcome Sarah to the team!

I have worked in sport with Welsh NGB’s since 2009, and in my previous post at Welsh Athletics I had the opportunity to step into a role as an Equality Champion, supporting delivery of the Equality in Sport Standard. By attending meetings of the LGBT Sport Network I gained a deeper awareness of LGBT issues and this fuelled my interest and commitment to championing these topics. My increasing interest in Equality and Diversity led to me becoming self-employed in 2016 with the aim of sharing my passion and knowledge as widely as possible, and I now work with several sports to improve equality standards. Within my other voluntary roles, I am a Director of Canoe Wales and support the Womens Equality Network.

As someone who is committed to equality of opportunity, I see LGBT rights as something I can champion as a straight ally, challenging biphobia/homophobia and transphobia in the course of my work and daily life. I believe that sport should be a safe and inclusive space, and the framework of people around participants should be aware and supportive of the LGBT community.

Recently I have taken a role in the networks development of the ‘LGBT in Sport’ workshop programme. I have already seen the impact of the workshops and to see how people take a journey of understanding in just one session is exciting, encouraging and promising for the future of our work.

I have found the LGBT Sport Cymru Network to be a warm and welcoming environment, friendships are blooming and recently I’ve become part of the Cardiff Womens Walking Football Club as a result of some of the friendships I have made here (that’s me with the reindeer antlers!).

I am looking forward to working with my network colleagues to drive delivery of the workshops across Wales to see an increased awareness and openness of LGBT issues faced within sport and the wider community. It would be so fantastic to get more people talking about the work we do as a network and see a change in LGBT awareness in sport, now that would make me SMILE!

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