2021 Pride in Sport Index submission

LWP recently caught up with SLSA to discuss their Pride in Sport Index submission.  It's great to see the progress they've made, just since their last submission 12 months ago.  We discussed their support of our Proud Beaches Scholarships, the updated Diversity and Inclusion webpage which now identifies LGBTIQ, and the joining of Pride in Sport this year as key examples of progress here.  Looking forward to working closely with SLSA over the next 12 months to make even further inroads into the inclusion space.

2020 Scholarships first round

Our Proud Beaches Scholarships are doing really well this season.  In 2019-20 we had three recipients awarded, one each from WA, Qld and NSW, and we are keen to spread these further this year and increase our scope.  We have announced our first recipients of the Scholarships for this summer already with 2 going to WA and one going to NSW.  We will have another intake in January and are looking forward to some more excellent applications, particularly from some of the other states.  Remember you don't need to be LGBTIQ to qualify for the scholarships, you just need to demonstrate how being successful will contribute to increasing LGBTIQ participation.  So if you are looking at doing your Bronze Medallion or SRC this summer, get in quick.

More details are available here

2021 LWP Outreach Patrol

Hey all our Sydney based friends, LWP are hosting another Outreach patrol down at Garie SLSC in March.  The club is in need of volunteers to support it over the summer, and each weekend, patrolers from various clubs head down to support the great community.  Last year we headed down to the club, in the lovely Royal National Park for the day and had a great time, and we're hoping we can gather a fun team together again this season.

Keep Sunday March 14 free for a great day trying out a new beach.  We'll keep you posted with more details as we get closer.

SLSA Diversity and Inclusion webpage

Great news.  After 14 years, Lifesavers with Pride have finally managed to convince Surf Life Saving Australia to change their webpage for Diversity and Inclusion to be more, well, diverse and inclusive than just referring to the disabled (no discredit meant).  They have not only updated the page to refer to all types of diversity, but have both referred to the LGBTIQ community specifically as well as given Lifesavers with Pride a plug and a link to our website.

So great to see SLSA demonstrating their commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, including to the LGBTIQ community.

Check out the site here.

2020 Sport NSW Awards

Lifesavers with Pride were excited to be awarded the Outstanding Sporting Director at the Sport NSW 2020 awards this week. So great to get recognition for the work we do in Surf Life Saving, creating a proud, safe and welcoming community. 


2020 Mardi Gras Launch

Lifesavers with Pride were thrilled to join Sydney Mardi Gras in announcing the changes to the 2021 parade to ensure it is Covid compliant, and can progress, in the new site of the Sydney Cricket Ground.  It's fantastic that we get another opportunity to show off Surf Life Saving as a proud, welcoming and safe organisation for our LGBTIQ members and recruits.

Launch of Trans Sport Guidelines

This morning, Pride in Sport announced at the Sydney Cricket Ground, that 8 peak sporting bodies have committed to implement governance that supports a greater level of inclusion for trans and gender diverse people in their sport.  A further 13 bodies, including Surf Life Saving Australia, have committed to develop these frameworks as well.  Lifesavers with Pride have been working as a stakeholder with SLSA on these new guidelines and whilst we were hoping for them to be ready for today, National Diversity Day, alas we are well on the way to implementing them in the near future.  Check out the Pride in Sport Media Release here

Speakers today included Pride in Sport Beau Newell, Australian Womens Cricket Captain Alex Blackwell, Touch Football Australia CEO Jamie O'Connor, Lifeline CEO Colin Seery and Athlete Ricki Coughlan


2020 Pride in Sport Award Night

It was a great night at the Pride in Sport Awards tonight, where LWP were finalists for 2 awards and came home with one win. Winning the Out Role Model award allows us to show Surf Life Saving as inclusive, safe and proud to the wider sporting community, all of whom are looking for examples to show for sports working with the LGBTIQ community. SLS should be proud.

SLSNSW Diversity and Inclusion Webpage

Big cheer out to SLSNSW who have updated their Diversity and Inclusion webpage, expanding it from only covering disabilities and multicultural members to including gender, indigenous and LGBTIQ participation as well.  Thanks to the team at SLSNSW for including LWP as a component of the page, and our pages on resources, scholarships and the Proud Beaches Forum.  The page can be accessed here

2020 Volunteering Aust Awards

Lifesavers with Pride were thrilled to be nominated at the Volunteering Australia Awards last week.  It was great to hear of so many people and groups out there that are giving up their time and services to help others.  Whilst we didn't win, it was an honour to be recognised by the lifesaving community for doing something we love.


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