Last week was action-packed for Proud 2 Play, with two significant events celebrating Wear it Purple Day (officially held on Friday, 30th of October). The first being a panel discussion on the importance of LGBTI+ visibility and inclusive policy in sport followed by the annual Lawn Bowls Pride over the weekend, a sold-out event that welcomed rainbow families and LGBTI+ people to join together for a day of free lawn bowls, lunch and entertainment. The two events engaged all members of the sporting and LGBTI+ community to show that inclusion in sport can be enjoyed by all.
Nearly 70 attendees from all areas of the sports industry came together to hear from al all-star panel featuring; Wear it Purple President Ross Wetherbee, transgender sportsperson Erica James, champion AFLW plater Meg Hutchins, Pride Diversity Coordinator at Melbourne University Sport Chris Bunting and Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Tennis Australia Kerry Tavrou. The event was proudly sponsored by Proud 2 Play partner, Cricket Victoria and Tennis Victoria.
Luke Major, Proud 2 Play Partnerships Manager spoke following the event, “We wanted to be able to give back to our sports industry partners in a way that would be meaningful to them.”
Chris Bunting shared some of his thoughts on the panel as well, “It was wonderful to have a platform like this to share our achievements at Melbourne University Sport in this space within both University sport and the wider Victorian sports industry.”
“It was really inspired hearing the stories and experiences of the other panellists and will definitely be taking some learnings back to the University!”
This event was a first for Proud 2 Play but following its success, will certainly be an annual event for Wear it Purple Day for our sports industry partners in the years to come.
Lawn Bowls Pride was hosted for the second time at Fitzroy Bowling and Sports Club over the weekend to celebrate Wear it Purple Day. This year Proud 2 Play was fortunate enough to have special guest speaker Dr Bridie O’Donnell, Senator Janet Rice and Mayor of City of Yarra Danae Bosler in attendance to welcome guests and officially open the event. Frock Hudson also gave an amazing performance and added signature glamour and sparkle to the day.
Over 130 participants came through the doors from across the LGBTI+ community, coming together to enjoy the sunshine, the BBQ lunch hosted by Thorne Harbour Health, sweet treats and of course lawn bowls.