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Proud2Play Incorporated. ABN 64 612 999 229

Proud2Play Incorporated is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission.

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We are 


The Problem

Many LGBTI+ people are disengaged from sport and recreation, as these environments have not kept up with societal change.

Our Vision

A world where all LGBTI+ people are leading active and healthy lifestyles. 

Our Mission.

To ensure all LGBTI+ people feel safe and confident to lead active and healthy lifestyles, in welcoming and inclusive environments.

Who we are.

Proud 2 Play focuses on increasing LGBTI+ engagement in sport, exercise and active recreation. To do this, we work with all levels of the sporting community, from individual participants and grassroots communities, to state and national sporting organisations. We seek to encourage LGBTI+ people (as well as their allies, friends and families) to participate and engage in sport and exercise by providing structured opportunities and pathways for them to do so. Engagement is not limited to just actively participating in sport; the physical, mental and social benefits of sport should be experienced by active participants, volunteers, coaches and officials.

For anyone who ever thought there was no place for them in sporting environments, we are here to show you there is.
James Lolicato
Our aims and objectives.

To increase participation of LGBTI+ people within sport, exercise, leisure and active recreation.

Support community clubs and sporting allies in providing safe and inclusive environments for the LGBTI+ community

Partner with sporting associations at all levels to influence change through education, policy development, research and events.


Our values.


Meet the team.



Co-Founder & Director


James is the Co-Founder and Director of Proud 2 Play inc as well as a founding director of Pride Cup Australia. James is the former CEO of Proud2Play inc, and a board member of Communities That Care, City of Stonnington. In 2017 James was awarded as Victorian community leader of the year and later as the Australian Community Leader of the Year at the Australian Leadership Excellence Awards, James is a 2018 & 2019 nominee for the Victorian Young Achiever Award and the 2018 nominee GLOBE LGBTI+ person of the year.

Dr. Ryan Storr

Co-Founder & Director


Ryan is the Co-Founder and Director of Proud 2 Play inc. He completed his PhD from Victoria University in Melbourne in 2017, and his thesis explored how community sport volunteers engage with diversity work. He is a lecturer and Academic Course Advisor at Western Sydney University, and his research focus on diversity within sport, with a specific focus on LGBTI+ inclusion in sport. He has led numerous research projects over the past five years, and these have included evaluations and projects which have explored how Australian sports organisations enact and engage with LGBTI+ inclusion.    

Luke Major

Partnerships Manager


Luke joined Proud 2 Play in October 2018 as the organisation’s Partnership Manager and works in close contact with State and National Sporting Organisations to encourage implementation of LGBTI+ inclusion initiatives. Luke is one of the country’s highest ranked 400m hurdlers and is also a member of the LGBTI+ community, which makes him uniquely positioned to understand the needs of both the LGBTI+ community and sports administrators in the inclusion space. As an accomplished stem cell researcher in a previous career, Luke places emphasis on the importance of evidence-based research informing the work undertaken by Proud 2 Play.  

Bowie Stovers

Outreach & Events Manager


Bowie is a Fitness Coach and RKC (Russian Kettlebell Certified) Instructor. Their experience lies in supporting the LGBTI+ community to become physically active and lead healthier and happier lives with a particular focus on the Trans and Gender Diverse Community.  Bowie is the co-founder of Fearless Movement Collective, an online Fitness, Nutrition and Mindset Social Enterprise that supports it’s community members through Holistic Transitioning Pathways. Bowie is an avid student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, is crazy about kettlebells and enjoys skateboarding and snowboarding in their free time.

Our board.



Board Chair

Liam Elphick is the Chair of the Proud 2 Play Board, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia Law School and PhD Candidate at the University of Melbourne Law School. Liam’s research focuses on LGBTI+ discrimination law protections, particularly in driving inclusion of transgender, gender-diverse and intersex people in sport. Liam also worked part-time as an AFL Scout for the past decade, and has consulted for the Australian Human Rights Commission on their development of guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport.

Dr. Ashleigh-Jane Thompson

Regional Advisor

Ashleigh is a researcher within the Centre for Sport and Social Impact at La Trobe University (Bendigo). Her research considers the (re)presentation of sport entities and individuals in media, digital and social media, and examines social media’s critical role in contributing to, or challenging, societal discourses, specifically within the nexus of sport, sexuality and religion. Ashleigh hopes to help create change for the LGBTI+ community, particularly in regional areas.

Dr. Caroline Symons

Research Advisor

Professor Caroline Symons is the pioneer researcher, advocate and educator on the LGBTI+ sporting experience and inclusion, having led this area since 1996. Caroline has received numerous community and international awards for this work including the ALSO 2010 Award for most outstanding contribution to sport, the VicHealth 2011 Research and Translation Award and two Federation of Gay Games Awards for Scholarship and social justice. Caroline was the Deputy Dean of the largest College of Sport and Exercise Science in Australia – at Victoria University (2015-2016), is an Honorary Professor at VU, lecturers in sports management at VU and Latrobe Universities and currently serves on two Advisory Boards including Proud 2 Play and Pride Cup. Caroline is also on the event team organising the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Championships to be held in Melbourne in 2020.

Rebecca Dahl

Funding Advisor

Bec Dahl is a Partner at Nicholes Family Lawyers, and has worked as a Family Lawyer for over 15 years. She is a passionate ally of the LGBTI Community, and was nominated for the ‘Straight Ally of the Year‘ Award at the 2017 Globe Community Awards. She is a member of the ‘Chicks Talking Footy’ and ‘The Bench’ teams on JOY94.9 and as a big sports fan, feels passionate about inclusion for everyone in that space.

Binuk Kodituwakku

Strategic Advisor

After a brief stint as a professional cricketer in Sri Lanka, Binuk has spent his career in the sports industry, which has ranged from working at the Washington Wizards in the NBA to his current role in analytics and list management with the Adelaide Crows. Binuk understands the importance participating in sport has played in his life and after hearing about the challenges the LGBTI+ community face when trying to participate in sport, he joined the Proud 2 Play Board to to ensure everyone has access to the benefits sport provides.

Hannah Micich

Social Media  & Marketing Advisor

Hannah is a passionate Marketing professional working across B2B and B2C environments with an emphasis on brand management and customer engagement within the Health and Wellbeing space. Working with Proud 2 Play is an opportunity to channel her love for sport, health and wellbeing all in one place.