The British Athletes Commission focus is all about the welfare of our members because we believe in a duty of care and because we believe that it is an important contributor to athlete performance. Our 1,500 membership is a very diverse group and as such we champion the Equality in Sport cause whenever and wherever we can.
The BAC is also always looking at ways to improve the advice, support and guidance we offer our members on a confidential basis and as such we have worked with Pride Sports to investigate for us the best ways that we can support LGB athletes amongst our membership.
Pride Sports has delivered a report to us that confirms that there is still a lot that the sport sector can do e.g. to make members of the LGB community feel more accepted and can help younger athletes who maybe struggling with their sexual identity at time of other pressures they are under both inside and outside of sport.
The impact on individuals who are out and feel comfortable in their environment can be considerable as the video about the Olympian Mark Tewkesbury “If not you then who?” shows
The video has been released to mark the IOC’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on April 6th
The BAC recognises that we have a role to play in the high performance sport community in the UK by promoting equality and facilitating change. We are therefore very grateful to the members of the BAC that took part in the confidential survey and to Pride Sports for their help in producing the report. The BAC hopes to appoint an LGB Ambassador from within the BAC Membership (as this was a recommendation) and we will work with that person to prioritise and bring to life the other recommendations from the report as part of the BAC’s commitment to Equality in Sport and #sport4betterworld http://www.olympic.org/idsdp
Posted on 13/04/2015
by Sara Lawson Heath