Proud Beaches Forum

After over ten years of working with SLSA, Lifesavers with Pride have finally broken through and are going to be running a Proud Beaches Forum in the coming weeks, designed to help clubs take the first steps towards becoming a place that the LGBT community will want to join.  The event will take place on Saturday 29 June and is open to all surf clubs around the country, as well as state and branch representatives.  SLSA are currently promoting it to the states, and this invitation should reach clubs in the coming days.

The day will be run by SLSA, and will be held at their Head Office at Icebergs at Bondi Beach from 9am until 4pm, with lunch provided.  

Presenters will include representatives of Pride in Sport, Proud 2 Play and Play by the Rules discussing the importance of inclusion of LGBT in sport, both for participants and for volunteers and supporters.  Plus we'll hear from both the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Right Commission who are working with the Australian Sports Commission on the guidelines for Trans inclusion in Sport, a Twenty10 who will identify best practices for inclusion in sport, and run some scenarios.  We'll also have a panel discussion with LGBT lifesavers from around the country, and finally hear from Alex Blackwell, Australia's former women's cricket captain on the benefits of team dynamics when everyone is welcoming and accepting.  The event will finish with a networking event at Tamarama Surf Club, which all LWP members are encouraged to join, regardless of their participation at the forum.

We want you to spread the word to your club so that we can get the best spread possible from clubs right around the country.  We want club administrators and officials to come and share their experiences around LGBT inclusions, what works and what doesn't and position their club as a destination of choice for LGBT members and recruits.  Let's work together to make lifesaving more inclusive, progressive and welcoming.

Looking forward to seeing your club there to share their thoughts and pick up new ideas.  More details and registration is available here

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