Players from the Queensland University of Technology Hockey Club will wear rainbow socks to promote diversity in sport when they compete this Saturday.
QUT Hockey Club President Amy Ryan said the female players on the university’s top women’s team, known as the Ibis Army, would proudly don the rainbow socks during the match to support their LGBTI players and the wider LGBTI community.
“For three years now we’ve used occasions like this to promote equality by wearing rainbow socks and it’s our fervent hope that one day every team in our club will do the same,” Ryan said.
“We’d love to link with other sports doing the same thing.”
They’ll wear the socks during their Brisbane Women’s Hockey Association Division 1 match against rivals Commercial Hockey Club from 4:30pm at the State Hockey Centre in Morningside, and will be live streamed online.
The players are proudly supporting the “Fair Go, Sport!” initiative, which strives to tackle homophobic harassment, discrimination and exclusion in sporting codes and school sports.
The Victorian Human Rights Commission worked in conjunction with Hockey Victoria and Hockey Australia to launch the program in 2011, and it’s since been expanded to other sports.
(Photos by Amy Ryan and Kurt Vogel)