Water Polo Australia (WPA) have joined the National Rugby League (NRL) as members of the Australian employer support program ‘Pride in Diversity’, which is aimed at assisting with all aspects of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) inclusion.
Pride In Diversity is a not for profit organisation and has been commissioned by the Australian Sports Commission and Australian Human Rights Commission to develop the inaugural national index for inclusion of LGBTI employees, customers and players in Australian sport.
WPA is just the second national sporting organisation after the NRL to become members, joining a list of leading Australian employers such as the Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, Department of Defence and Telstra as members. WPA CEO Chris Harrison said that the membership is an important step in the continued growth of water polo in Australia.
“We are delighted that we are able to partner with Pride In Diversity to ensure that we are inclusive of all our staff and members, and pleased that WPA is able to participate in the collection of data for the national index for inclusion of LGBTI employees,” Harrison said.
“When we opened discussions with Pride In Diversity I was taken aback at how poorly rated Australia is when it comes to best practice in LGBTI workplace inclusion. The statistics list Australia as the second most likely country in which male athletes are likely to stay in the closet, with those stats faring only marginally better for lesbian athletes.
“Our hope is that by including ourselves with Pride In Diversity we can assist in improving those statistics and ensure our staff and members are supported in their sporting pursuits with our organisation.”
Membership with Pride In Diversity is a further consolidation of the support WPA is showing for equality, after National Water Polo League (NWPL) club the Victorian Seals announced with support from WPA, that they would be hosting the inaugural ‘Pride Cup’ in the upcoming season of the NWPL.
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