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Action taken against discrimination in sport WELCOME The Project to Eliminate Homophobia in Sport is a collaborative effort involving seven leading national organizations and is designed to create an educated public that respects all athletes and sports-affiliated personnel regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expressions. The Project has four main goals: EDUCATION Educate athletes, their parents, guardians, coaches, administrators and the public, plus other key influencers about the origins and effects of homophobia in sport and the relationship of homophobia to sexism and gender oppression. RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT AND DISTRIBUTION Cultivate and develop diversified resources to ensure the effectiveness, durability and strength of the Project to Eliminate Homophobia in Sport. ADVOCACY Advocate for fair policy guidelines on teams, at events and within the workplace for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) sport professionals, athletes and fans in sport. RECOGNITION To publicly recognize the athletic achievements and professional successes of openly LGBT sports participants, thereby providing healthy role models. Active Sports Partnerships achieve Racial Equality Standard Three Active Sports Partnerships (ASPs) have become the first ASPs to achieve the Preliminary Level of the Sporting Equals Achieving Racial Equality: A Standard for Sport. The three Active Sports Partnerships Bucks and Milton Keynes, Humber and West Yorkshire were assessed by a separate panel chaired by Chris Hudson of Sheffield Hallam University reporting to the Sporting Equals Assessment Panel. ...read more.


Age Discrimination A club refuses to clear players to other teams, if they are under 21. Marital Status Discrimination A player is deliberately excluded from team activities and social functions after she divorces her husband who is a club official. Pregnancy Discrimination A woman is dropped from her softball team when she reveals she is pregnant. Sexuality Discrimination A footballer is ridiculed by his team mates after his homosexuality is disclosed. Impairment or Disability Discrimination A junior player is overlooked because of her mild epilepsy. Sexual Harassment A male tennis coach keeps putting his hand on a woman's bottom during coaching sessions, making her feel very uncomfortable. Victimisation A player is ostracised by her coach for complaining about his racist behaviour to another club official. How the Law Works If you have been unfairly treated, and it fits the definitions of equal opportunity law, you could lodge a complaint of discrimination with the Equal Opportunity Commission (or our interstate and national counterparts, if you do not live in South Australia). To fit the law, the complaint needs to have 1. a ground 2. an area 3. occurred within certain time limits. Grounds The grounds described by the law are personal characteristics that we all have. The South Australian Equal Opportunity Act makes it unlawful for anyone to be treated unfairly on the following grounds: (Click here [Other States] to check the law in other states) ...read more.


This could include players, coaches, volunteers, and members. For example: If a coach in a club was found to have sexually harassed a player at the club, both the coach and the club could be held liable for the behaviour. All Reasonable Steps What do we mean by taking all reasonable steps? Reasonable steps fall into three broad categories: Commitment * Adoption of member protection policies (including codes of behaviour) * Commitment by the board, management committee * Inclusion of anti discrimination and harassment statement in the constitution Implementation * Develop member protection and other relevant policies * Information and management commitment adequately communicated to all members * Informing members of who is responsible for dealing with complaints * Education and training Action * Procedures for dealing with discrimination and harassment when it does occur * Prompt investigation and action when discrimination and harassment does occur Each case is assessed on its individual merits and what may be reasonable for one case may be different in another. Exemptions Exemptions in relation to sport include allowing: * single sex competition where strength, stamina or physique are important. Commonwealth law says this applies over the age of 12. * different age divisions for children's, junior and senior competition to take into account physical differences, which are in part a result of age. These exemptions in sport help ensure: * fair competition * equal access to sporting opportunities regardless of gender, age and disability. Rachael Cull ...read more.

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