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Finalists announced for National LGBTQ sporting inclusion awards

Finalists announced for National LGBTQ sporting inclusion awards
March 4, 2020

The finalists for the 2020 Australian Pride in Sport Awards have been announced with the event to see sporting identities, clubs and codes from across the country gather on Wednesday 1st April in Melbourne to celebrate LGBTQ inclusion throughout Australian sport in 2019.

First held in 2018, the Australian Pride in Sport Awards is the first celebration of its kind dedicated solely to recognising exceptional efforts in making sport more inclusive of LGBTQ people. It is produced by Pride in Sport, the national not-for-profit sporting inclusion program spearheaded by Australia’s largest LGBTQ health organisation ACON.

This year, the Australian Pride in Sport Awards will feature five-time Gold Logie nominee, Adam Hills as the keynote speaker. The cocktail evening will feature drinks and canapes at Showtime Events Centre on Melbourne’s South Wharf Promenade with the event to be hosted by Ladies Who League founder Mary Konstantopoulos.

Konstantopoulos is a senior regulatory adviser at nbn, after previously spending five years as a lawyer at Clayton Utz in Sydney. She is the founder of Ladies Who League, a media company that champions women’s involvement in rugby league and has various spinoffs including Ladies Who Legspin and Ladies Who Lineout. As an ambassador for the Full Stop Foundation, Life Education and Women for Change, Mary tops this off with a recent appointment as a Board Member of Hockey Australia.

The Australian Pride in Sport Awards honours athletes, employees and organisations as it showcases the results of the Pride in Sport Index (PSI) – the national benchmarking instrument used to assess LGBTQ inclusion within Australian sport.

The Australian Pride in Sport Awards will feature a host of leading sporting and community figures, including Pride in Sport patron, World Cup and Ashes-winning cricket captain Alex Blackwell.

ACON Vice President and Co-Founder of the Pride in Sport Index Andrew Purchas said the awards builds on progress in achieving LGBTQ rights and ongoing work in making sporting arenas, fields, and spectator stands more inclusive.

Purchas advised “2019 certainly saw LGBTQ inclusion efforts by sporting codes, and the inclusion of LGBTQ players and athletes in general, dominate the headlines – for better or for worse – as well as in the national discourse.

“The focus on LGBTQ inclusion, zero tolerance of homophobia and transphobia, not only within the corporate sector via their diversity and inclusion practices, but also within sport and society as a whole is unprecedented. Sport has the opportunity to ensure that this focus translates to meaningful societal change and is not just fad. Sport breaks down barriers. Sport aims to create a fair go for all.”

Pride In Sport National Program Manager Beau Newell added “many of Australia’s sporting organisations are recognising positive steps need to be taken to ensure your sexuality or gender identity does not impact your ability to play, watch or be involved with sport at any level. The Australian Pride in Sport Awards allows us to celebrate the outstanding achievements of clubs and individuals in improving and promoting LGBTQ inclusion within Australian sport.”

Funds raised from the awards will support efforts making Australian sports inclusive of LGBTQ communities.

The 2020 Australian Pride in Sport Awards is on Friday 1st April 2020 6pm – 9pm at Showtime Events Centre, 61 S Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, Melbourne.



·         Raelene Castle, Rugby Australia

·         Kara Montoneri, Pride Cup Australia

·         Kevin Roberts, Cricket Australia

·         Craig Tiley, Tennis Australia


·         Bushrangers Basketball LGBTQ+ ‘Come Out and Play’ Campaign

·         Gippsland Rangers Roller Derby’s 1st Australian Roller Derby Pride Cup

·         Melbourne Rovers LGBTQ+ Soccer Program

·         Melbourne Uni Water Polo Pride Round


·         Glam Slam at the 2019 Australian Open

·         Inclusion of trans and gender diverse people in Australian Cricket

·         Pride Cup Australia

·         Proud Beaches Initiative


·         Ella Mason, Weightlifting

·         Penny Gulliver, Martial Arts


·         Caitlin Grigsby, Gippsland Roller Derby

·         Chris Bunting, Melbourne Uni Sport

·         Gary Driscoll, Lifesavers with Pride

·         Luke Major, Proud2Play


·         “Andy Brennan - Australia's first professional male soccer player to come out as gay while still playing the game” – Mon Schafter, ABC

·         “AFL Pride Game Broadcast” – Chicks Talking Footy, Joy 949

·         “Well Played; Young, Proud & Active” – Mon Schafter & Cristyn Davies, ABC

·         “Until Folau Repents Rugby Australia has no choice to let him go” – Peter FitzSimons, SMH


·         Climbing QT’s (Rock Climing & Bouldering)

·         Gippsland Rangers (Roller Derby)

·         Bentstix (Hockey)

·         Bushrangers (Basketball)

·         Wallsend – West Newcastle Swans (Australian Rules Football)

Image of 2019 Pride in Sport Awards

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