Local Champion: Garrett Williamson
As a Guard for the London Lighting basketball team, Garrett Williamson is a leader both on and off the court. He believes in the power of mentors, setting a positive example for his teammates and fans, and putting effort into supporting people who are being bullied or mistreated.
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One Team: Creating a Safe School and Sport Environment
The Olympic Rings stand for so much more in the world than just for sport; they are transcendent, they have the ability and the power to change society and culture. The COC believes in equality for all, and that athletes should be judged by their performance on the field of play and their character as people, not for who they love or how they identify. By creating change in sport, we can create change across all segments of society.
You Can Play Project
Gay athletes. Straight allies. Teaming up for respect.
Locker rooms should be safe and sports venues should be free from homophobia. Athletes should be judged on talent, heart and work ethic, not sexual orientation. You Can Play salutes the billions of fans joining to watch the biggest sport in the world – all believing that they will win. And, You Can Play salutes the heart, talent and skill of every athlete on the pitch – regardless of religion, race, country, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Tips on Creating LGBTQ Safer Spaces in Sports
Be mindful of your own attitudes and beliefs.
Ensure that students have the right to participate in gendersegregated sports and gym class activities in accordance with their gender identity, or work to have sports teams be gender neutral.
Describe acceptable behaviours, clarify disrespectful behaviours, and highlight behaviours that demonstrate an inclusive environment of openness and respect.
Ensure the team locker room is a safe place, free of unwanted sexual attention, taunting or teasing. Use language and images inclusive of diverse families, friendships, and sexual and gender identities; for example, extend invitations to include boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands, wives and partners or significant others.h. Be aware that other countries have strict laws about being LGBTQ. Take the time to know whether a country or city is safe for all team members.
Accommodate locker room accessibility, which may include use of a private area (washroom, or Phys. Ed. Instructor’s office), or a separate changing schedule (just before or after the other students have changed).
Act quickly to address LGBTphobic language, jokes and actions that ridicule or put down LGBTQ people, women or any minority groups.
Never ask someone about their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Educate staff, team members and volunteers on their responsibilities for being respectful and non-discriminatory to all, regardless of their own personal beliefs.
CTV London – Community Investments
Phone: 519-691-2883 x 383