Netball Australia has joined with Australia’s prominent sporting codes in a new, world-first campaign to eliminate homophobia in sport.
Australian Diamonds vice-captain and NSW Swifts captain Kimberlee Green is among a `who’s who’ of Australian sporting stars who feature in a TV commercial – produced by Play By The Rules – to promote inclusiveness.
This is the first time in the world that all the major professional sports in a country have collectively committed to tackling discrimination based on sexual orientation.
“Whether a person is gay or straight shouldn’t matter in sport,” the athletes declare in the commercial. “Ability, attitude and effort is what counts. If you can play, you can play.”
Kim Green joins other high profile athletes in the commercial including cricketers Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris, soccer star Harry Kewell, basketballer Lauren Jackson and swimmer Libby Trickett.
Federal Sports Minister Peter Dutton said he’s proud to see sport play an important leadership role in making a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
“There is no place for discrimination on our sporting fields, in our clubs or sports organisations,” Minister Dutton said.
Green said it’s great to see netball supporting the campaign.
“Everyone is equal and everyone has the right to do what they please,” Green said. ”I think that’s what so great about the Australian culture and the society that we live in.
“We want to encourage people that, no matter what preference you have or the way you live your life or what background you come from, it’s about being inclusive.
“I think netball is a great sport for that.”
You can watch the video here