Recognising Athletes, Clubs and Organisations for LGBTQ Inclusion
at the Annual Pride in Sport Awards

Hockey ACT, Hockey Victoria, Macquarie University Sport and UWA Sport are among other sporting organisations and individuals who have been named as Australia’s best for LGBTQ inclusion at the Australian Pride in Sport Awards held at the Showtime Events Centre in Melbourne.

Launched 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.

Along with several sporting clubs and organisations, individuals across various sporting codes were awarded for their efforts in making their respective sports more inclusive of LGBTQ people on and off the field, with six community awards also being handed out.

The awards showcase the results of the Pride in Sport Index (PSI) – a national benchmarking instrument used to access LGBTQ inclusion within Australian sport.

Co-founder of the PSI, Andrew Purchas said: “The awards build on progress in achieving LGBTQ rights and ongoing work in making sporting arenas, pitches, and spectator stands more inclusive.

“The growing focus on LGBTQ inclusion, zero tolerance of homophobia, biphobia, 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.

“I congratulate all the award recipients and the many others working towards making sport in this country an inclusive place for everyone and I’m proud to celebrate those success stories at the Pride in Sport Awards today,” Mr Purchas said.

The awards, hosted by former Australian professional tennis player Casey Dellacqua, featured keynote speakers from experts within the industry, as well as the much-anticipated award ceremony.

Acting Pride in Sport National Program Manager Elaine Czulkowski added: “The Australian Pride in Sport Awards allows us to celebrate the outstanding achievements of clubs and individuals in improving and promoting LGBTQ inclusion within sport at all levels around the country.

“As Australian society becomes more inclusive, so too must sport. There is more to be done to ensure sport – whether on or off the field – is inclusive of everyone and that every person feels welcome as they are, in the sport they love to play. Everyone has fundamental right to participate in sport.

“Pride in Sport would like to congratulate all sporting codes, clubs, athletes, administrators, support staff and the many volunteers on the efforts they are making to ensure everyone is welcome and supported in sport.”

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2022 Pride in Sport Awards Recipients



Sporting Organisation of the Year Macquarie University Sport
Gold & Community Sporting Organisation of the Year ClimbingQTs
Achievement Award for Most Improved UWA Sport
LGBTQ Ally Award Cassie Lindsey, Geelong Cats
Executive Leader Award Craig Tiley, Tennis Australia
LGBTQ Out Role Model Award Dominic Clarke, Gymnastics NSW
LGBTQ Inclusive Coach Award Sheena Atkin, Queer Sporting Alliance
LGBTQ Positive Media Award Elliott, WIN News Tasmania
LGBTQ Inclusion Initiative Champion Come Out & Play, Queer Sporting Alliance
Gold Tier Hockey ACT
Hockey Victoria
Macquarie University Sport
UWA Sport
Silver Tier Athletics Australia
Bentstix Hockey Club (Community Sporting)
Hockey Australia
Hockey New South Wales
Netball Victoria
St Kilda Football Club
Tennis Australia
+ 1 not for publication
Bronze Tier Cricket Australia
Kingston City Rollers (Community Sporting)
National Rugby League (NRL)
Swinburne Student Life
UniSport Australia


David Alexander
ACON Media and Communications
T: (02) 9206 2044
M: 0428 477 042