2020 Pride in Practice Conference:
Sport Hub
LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Australian Sport

Request for Abstracts are now open

The 10th annual Pride in Practice conference will be held on the 30th of November – 2nd of December 2020. To accommodate for the current COVID-19 situation, this year we will be hosting a complete online event.

For the first time ever, Pride in Sport will have a dedicated full day stream to sport inclusion (Wednesday 2 December 2020), to shine the spotlight on best practice and thought leadership that highlights the long-term benefits and values of Diversity & Inclusion with Australian sporting codes.

This year’s key themes will be:

  • Trans & Gender Diverse people: Participation, Gender Affirmation Policies and related procedures and resources;
  • Intersectionality: How LGBTQ intersects with other arms of diversity and inclusion;
  • Impact led think tanks: From grass roots community clubs to international sport;
  • The role of Allies: From CEO’s, staff, club executive to team captains and coaching staff;
  • Reconciliation Action Plans: “Truth, Justice and Reconciliation in the Workplace. What can organisations do to support LGBTQ First Nations voices”?
  • The impact of COVID-19: Why LGBTQ inclusion must be amplified in Australian sport, during and post-pandemic.
  • Taking the LGBTQ conversation to all levels of sport: grassroots, state, national, international.

Pride in Sport is seeking abstracts from leading sport and recreation organisations, associations, community clubs, researchers, experts and influencers in LGBTQ inclusive service delivery. This is a great opportunity for speakers to showcase the amazing work that is being done.


If your organisation has done something exceptional in the LGBTQ Inclusion space and would like to share it at our conference, we would love to hear from you. Any abstracts around the above themes and examples will increase the chances of your abstract being accepted.

In addition, please ensure you adhere to the following:

  • To adhere to social distancing, we ask that you have no more than 3 speakers in your session;
  • Your content must relate to LGBTQ Inclusion and may or may not be centred around the above themes;
  • Preference will be given to those sessions where your speakers represent our diverse communities (please refer to “Additional Information” below regarding change in speaker tickets);
  • To include voices and perspectives from more than one company, consider inviting colleagues from other organisations to join you in leading the session;
  • Be engaging and think outside the box! Be creative with your presentation. Consider whether your session will be presented as a panel, presentation, debate or another format.
  • Your session must include some key learnings or takeaways for the audience and be sure to include a few minutes at the end for Q&A;
  • Present new and relevant content. Contemplate presenting a session on something that has not previously been offered at the Pride in Practice Conference.

Where will I be presenting?

All presenters based in Sydney will be asked to meet at the Hyatt Regency Sydney (a Covid safe venue) to livestream their session, dependent on the time they are scheduled to present. In align with restrictions, presenters will be asked to be at the venue 30 minutes prior to their session. There will be a room set up to adhere to social distancing requirements and full technical support will be present.*Subject to Government Restrictions

For any presenter/s located outside of Sydney and/or unable to attend, there will be the option of pre-recording sessions or joining virtually.

More information will be provided to you upon acceptance of your abstract. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us.

What you need to submit

Prior to submitting your proposal online, please ensure you have the following information at hand:

  • Session title (10 word max)
  • Session Abstract: A description of what the session is about including key objectives, to be used in session description (300 word max)
  • A description to be used to introduce the session at the event (80 word max)
  • Presenter/s names, organisations, titles and email addresses*
  • Presenter/s location (i.e. Sydney, Melbourne etc.)
  • Presenter/s bios (75 words)
  • Presenter/s headshot (in hi-res only)

Additional Information

  • For each presentation, a maximum of 2 complimentary tickets will be provided for speakers to use for the day they are presenting. If your presentation includes more than 2 speakers, they will need to purchase a ticket;
  • All sessions will be recorded to allow for attendees to watch multiple sessions for up to a week after the event has concluded. Presentations are not able to be downloaded.
  • In order to accurately review your submission, please make sure you complete all sections of the application as abstracts are not editable once submitted;
  • Abstract submissions will be closed on Wednesday 26th August at 5pm. We will not accept any abstracts after this deadline.
  • If you are chosen to present a session, the presenters name and PowerPoint presentation (if you choose to include one) must be sent to Michelle Blom at mblom@acon.org.au by Friday 16th of October at 5pm. Any presentations sent after this deadline be accepted will not under any circumstances and you will risk running your session without a presentation;
  • All PowerPoint presentations must be submitted in 16:9 format; 

Impacts of COVID-19 to the Pride in Practice Conference

ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs together with Hyatt Regency Sydney are committed to hosting a safe environment for our speakers. We therefore ask for your cooperation when it comes to presenting at this event to adhere with social distancing and practising good hygiene.

As a COVID safe venue, some of the safety measures at the Hyatt Regency include:

  • Multiple hand sanitiser stations throughout the venue available for use;
  • Extensive cleaning continuously throughout the day including wiping down all tables and surfaces, cleaning bathrooms etc;
  • There will be a strict capacity of attendees in each room and speakers will be spread out to adhere to social distancing rules;
  • Should any person show signs of being unwell or have a high temperature, they will not be allowed to enter the venue and will be provided details on accessing the nearest hospital. If you are feeling unwell you should stay at home. For this reason, we ask that you please consider a back up speaker for your presentation in case you are unable to present.


Conference Abstract 2020

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