Category : Pride in Sport Index (PSI)

revolutioniseSPORT, Pride in Sport & Hockey Victoria team up to deliver best practice approach to gender inclusivity through digital software platforms

In conjunction with Pride in Sport and Hockey Victoria, the leading Asia-Pacific sports management technology company SportsGrid have announced the release of an industry standard supporting users who identify with a diverse gender and/or sexuality. The new standard calls for gender identifiers to be expanded to cover all members of the community, in a way that is respectful and inclusive.

SportsGrid’s flagship product is the revolutioniseSPORT ‘whole of sport’ online management platform, which is used by over 200 state, territory and national sporting organisations as well as 14,000 clubs across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the Cook Islands.

revolutioniseSPORT now champions the following features to build inclusive sporting communities:

  • Introducing ‘Non-binary’ as a gender option, so members of the community can accurately identify within their specified gender when registering with their sport;
  • Changing the ‘Other’ gender option to read as ‘Differently identify, so those who do not identify as Non-binary, Female, or Male are not ‘othered’, and can specify the label in which they identify (if any);
  • Ensuring a member’s gender identity appears in the relevant parts of the platform (such as the member profile and when reviewing statistics), so members of all gender identities are accurately represented;
  • Allowing ‘Non-binary’ and ‘Differently identify’ to be a filtering option for all searching and reporting, to help sporting organisations better understand the diversity present in their sport, and implement appropriate change to support these members;
  • Ensuring that the ‘Non-binary’ and ‘Differently identify’ options meet validation checks (e.g., for team entry) so that clients can create inclusive competitions to allow members of any gender to participate without restriction; and
  • Enabling API export (and import) of this data to ensure cross-sector compatibility with other sports software platforms.

Hockey Victoria, a key partner on this project, and who had recently migrated to revolutioniseSPORT, advocated for and supported this important change as part of their diversity initiative. CEO Andrew Skillern is proud to state that “It is important for Hockey Victoria to demonstrate to its community that we are inclusive through action. We want members of our community to feel comfortable with their gender identity and, furthermore, comfortable in their involvement with hockey, both on and off pitch. The changes we have made we hope go a small way in encouraging more people, regardless of their gender identity, to participate in hockey.”

revolutioniseSPORT Lead Product Manager Cass Simonetti said: “We have been the Platinum Sponsor of Pride in Sport Awards for the last two years, as well as the primary sponsor of the Pride in Sport Index publication, and we are ecstatic to be the first Software-as-a-Service application within the Australian sporting industry to have such a comprehensive solution for supporting gender identity inclusion in sport.

“Every day, we see sport administrators and staff dedicating countless hours to improving the accessibility of their organisation. As the leading sports management platform in the Asia Pacific, revolutioniseSPORT is often the first interaction a potential member has with a new club, so we are in a unique position to support club inclusivity from day one.

“I am thrilled that, as a queer person and the Lead Product Manager at revolutioniseSPORT, we continually make strides towards improving the representation, visibility, and inclusivity of people who identify with diverse genders and sexualities.

“Sport has acted, and will continue to act, as a catalyst for social change, community engagement, and inclusion. We absolutely have a long way to go to ensure sexuality and gender diverse communities are adequately supported. However, with over a million Australians using revolutioniseSPORT in their day-to-day lives, it is our mission to ensure these users feel they are in a safe environment from that first moment of interacting with their sport.”

Pride in Sport National Program Manager Beau Newell said that revolutioniseSPORT’s commitment marks a major moment in Australian sport.

“The introduction of more inclusive gender indicators demonstrates a fundamental shift within Australian sport towards the greater inclusion of trans and gender diverse players. By rolling out these indicators across their platform, revolutioniseSPORT have shown a true and tangible commitment to providing a more welcoming and inclusive experience for the trans and gender diverse community” Newell said.

“Sport has an amazing opportunity to provide a safe and inclusive environment to all people, including people with diverse genders and sexualities. As a country that holds sport very close to our hearts, it also has a unique position to be able to help change attitudes of many Australians. The demand for more inclusive sporting cultures makes clear that Australian society increasingly expects that sport should be for everyone, including trans and gender diverse people.”

“I congratulate revolutioniseSPORT in making this landmark commitment in working towards a progressive and welcoming Australia, and encourage others to consider making their sports an inclusive place for all.”

Pride in Sport played a key role in advising Sport Australia and the Australian Human Rights Commission during the development of guidelines for the inclusion of trans and gender diverse people in sport, and has since worked with several National Sporting Organisations (NSO’s) to develop their respective governance for greater inclusion of the trans and gender diverse community.




Pride in Sport is a national not-for-profit program that assists sporting organisations and clubs with the inclusion of LGBTQ employees, athletes, coaches, volunteers, officials and spectators. It is part of ACON’s Pride Inclusion Programs, which provides a range of services to employers, sporting organisations and service providers with support in all aspects of LGBTQ inclusion. For more information, visit the Pride in Sport website –


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Finalists Announced for 2021 Australian Pride in Sport Awards

The finalists for the 2021 Australian Pride in Sport Awards have been announced. Now in its forth year, the event – to be held on Tuesday 13 April in Sydney– will see sporting identities, clubs and codes across the country gather to celebrate LGBTQ inclusion throughout Australian sport in 2020.

First held 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.

The cocktail evening will feature drinks and canapes at Hyatt Regency on Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

Hosted by ABC Journalist and Twenty10 Board Member, Mon Schafter, this event features drinks and canapes, prominent keynote speakers and includes the much anticipated award ceremony. It’s considered the ‘must-attend’ event on the LGBTQ sporting calendar and is attended by leading advocates including Pride in Sport Patrons Alex Blackwell and Ian Roberts, sports administrators, athletes, and corporate supporters.

The Australian Pride in Sport Awards honours athletes, employees and organisations as it showcases the results of the Pride in Sport Index (PSI) – the national benchmarking instrument used to assess LGBTQ inclusion within Australian sport.

Co-Founder of the Pride in Sport Index Andrew Purchas said the awards builds on progress in achieving LGBTQ rights and ongoing work in making sporting arenas, fields, and spectator stands more inclusive.


“The 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. Sport has the opportunity to ensure that this focus translates to meaningful societal change and is not just fad. Sport breaks down barriers. Sport aims to create a fair go for all”, Purchas said.

Pride In Sport National Program Manager Beau Newell added: “Many of Australia’s sporting organisations are recognising that positive steps need to be taken to ensure sexuality or gender identity does not impact ones ability to play, watch or be involved with sport at any level. The Australian Pride in Sport Awards allows us to celebrate the outstanding achievements of clubs and individuals in improving and promoting LGBTQ inclusion within Australian sport.”

The 2020 Australian Pride in Sport Awards is on Tuesday 13 April 2021 6pm – 9pm at Hyatt Regency, Darling Harbour Sydney NSW. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.




  • Sean Dixon, Athletics Australia
  • Jane Russo, Touch Football Australia & Athletics Australia
  • Cara Stagg, National Rugby League
  • Craig Tiley, Tennis Australia


  • Bushrangers Sporting Alliance
  • ClimbingQTs
  • Melbourne2020 International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) Championships
  • VicTennis


  • BlocHaus Bouldering LGBTQ+ Inclusion
  • Glam Slam at the Australian Open
  • Pride Football Australia


  • Greg Jaekel, Curtin University Goats/Perth Rams
  • Stuart Mackay, Freezone Volleyball and NSW Volleyball
  • Heath Wilson, Melbourne Rovers FC


  • Jonathan Banks, Perth Spectres Basketball Club
  • Courtney Hagen, Carlton Brunswick Cricket Club
  • Stella Lesic, Bushrangers Sporting Alliance
  • Reid Smith, Perth Pythons Hockey Club



This award is determined via the results of the Community Sporting Club Pride in Sport Index. 
  • Climbing QTs (Rock Climbing)
  • Flying Bats Womens Football Club (Football)
  • Maitland Touch Association (Touch Football)
  • Melbourne University Soccer Club (Football)
  • Melbourne University Softball Club (Softball)
  • Sydney Convicts RUFC (Rugby Union)


Also being announced at this event will be the Gold, Silver and Bronze tier Pride in Sport Index (PSI) results, and the overall Sporting Organisation of the year (based on the highest results in the PSI).


N.B. Our aim is to announce four finalists across each category. These numbers may vary form time to time. 

About Pride In Sport

Launched in 2016, the PSI was developed in conjunction with the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Australian Sports Commission and Bingham Cup Sydney, alongside an advisory group comprising representatives from a range of peak sporting bodies including the National Rugby League, the Australian Football League, the Australian Rugby Union and Football Federation Australia.

The Pride in Sport Index is an initiative of the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Australian Sports Commission and a legacy of the Bingham Cup, Sydney.  Following the release of the Out on the Fields study in May 2015, the largest international study examining homophobia in sport, these organisations commissioned Pride in Diversity to develop a Pride in Sport Index.

The Pride in Sport Index™ (PSI) is the first and only benchmarking instrument specifically designed to assess the inclusion of people with diverse sexualities and genders across Australian sport. Participating in the index will allow Australian sporting organisations to not only assess their own practice, but determine that which constitutes good practice, along with the ability to benchmark their own initiatives against an external measure and other sporting organisations.

Pride in Sport is an ACON program, one of three within the Pride Inclusion Programs that specifically look at the inclusion of people of diverse genders and sexualities within sport, the workplace and health service provision.



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David Alexander, ACON Media and Communications
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2021 Increase in Index Participation

We’re pleased to report that 2021 has seen another increase in Pride in Sport Index (PSI) submissions, across the board.

2021 also saw the introduction of the ‘Community Sports Club’ Pride in Sport Index, whereby a significant number of community sporting organisations have submitted in its first year.

Further, more than 50 community sporting organisation across Australia have expressed their intent to participate in future years, sighting COVID-19 as the challenge in completing a submission this time around.

Larger organisations, such as national and state sporting organisations also cited COVID-19 as the reason they were unable to complete the ‘Standard’ Pride in Sport Index in this period.

Despite the impact of COVID-19, there is an amazing 45% increase in overall submissions for 2021.

This is testament to sporting organisations holding the PSI submission process in such high regard. While it can be an onerous task for some, the vast majority of sporting organisations engaged in LGBTQ inclusion find the submission process vital to the ongoing impact of its social inclusion initiatives.

So, what’s next?

Over the coming weeks, our team of skilled assessors will analyse each PSI submission, and come to an agreement on their final result.

This process is a tedious yet meticulous approach that allows our team to allocate a score that accurately reflects each organisations LGBTQ inclusion work in the 2020 calendar year.

Marking is expected to take most of February to complete, with additional administrative work to then take place prior to the release of results.

When do we get our results?

As is customary, the results for each individual organisation will be made available immediately following the annual Australian Pride in Sport Awards. This will be done via email to the primary contact, as listed on each PSI submission.

Some organisations will be recognised for their achievements at the 2021 Australian Pride in Sport Awards.

When is the Awards Event?

The Australian Pride in Sport Awards will be held on Tuesday 13 April 2021.

Further event details will be released in due course, via our website. Visit for more information, and ensure you purchase your tickets to attend this years event.

Now, our team must focus on the task at hand – PSI marking. But we will continue to support our members throughout this process.


If you wish to enquire about Pride in Sport membership, please email us (

Thank you once again to each organisation that submitted.

Kind regards,
The Pride in Sport Team