Sports to wish on the rainbow
Community sporting clubs and solo athletes are invited to wear RainbowLaces next month as part of the ‘Rainbow Round of Sport’.
This will be held from April 6 to 9 to show that LGBTI prejudice has no place in sport.
The initiative is the brainchild of Australian brand Skins inspired by a similar campaign in England.,
Skins partnered with Pride in Sport, a sporting inclusion programme that helps national and state sporting organisations and clubs with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) employees, players, coaches, volunteers and fans, to bring the concept to Australian sport for the first time last year.
The Australian #RainbowLaces campaign embraces all major sporting codes, with Skins making laces available for free to grassroots and community sporting clubs and individuals.
Along with distribution partners rebel, rebelfit Amart Sports and Medibank, major law firm Dentons, has partnered with Skins and Pride in Sport to kick-off the #RainbowLaces campaign at a gala dinner and auction in Sydney this week.
Executive Chairman of Skins, Jaimie Fuller, says sport should be a place where people feel safe and welcome whether they are a player, volunteer, administrator or fan.
“Through #RainbowLaces, we want to show that LGBTI prejudice has no place in sport. The only thing that matters is what happens on the field.
Clubs already committed to #RainbowLaces include the ACT Brumbies, Essendon Bombers, GWS Giants, NSW Swifts, Giants Netball, North Queensland Cowboys, Penrith Panthers and Sydney FC, together with athletes such as Johnathan Thurston, Robbie Farah, Andrew Fifita, Rostyn Griffiths, Dylan Shiel and Alex Wilkinson.
Individuals can collect free laces from any Medibank Branch, rebel, rebelfit or Amart Sports store from this weekend.
Teams wishing to order multiple pairs of free laces can place their orders online.