Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) yesterday announced that they will be joining Pride in Sport. The Pride in Sport program is committed to further develop and enhance the inclusion of people with diverse sexualities and genders. Pride in Sport currently work with many of SLSA's sporting peers, such as AFL, NRL, Cricket Australia, Tennis Australia, FFA and Rugby Australia. Lifesavers with Pride have been advocating for such a collaboration with both parties for some time and are thrilled with the announcement which will give SLSA access to experts in the field who can advise on areas around inclusion policies and programs for youth, competitors, volunteers, coaches, staff and the broader lifesaving community. They also oversee the Pride in Sport Index which allows sporting governing bodies at national and state levels to annually identify their position on LGBTIQ awareness against set milestones, plus they run the Pride in Sport awards, which recognise key contributions from around the country for individuals and groups who promote inclusive practices in a range of categories.
SLSA and Pride in Sport, as well as SLSNSW and SLS Sydney Branch joined Lifesavers with Pride at their final rehearsal for the Sydney Mardi Gras at Tamarama beach to make the announcement.