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Sport Integrity Framework: Addressing Diversity

11 June 2019

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognising, and responding to, our individual differences.

These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.

Sport NZ’s participant-centred approach provides a starting point for encouraging diversity in sport and will require consideration of the social and physical environment that must be created to ensure that the needs of all participants can be met through their participation in sport and recreation.

Sport NZ Group role

  • Advocate to the sector for greater consideration of, and response to, the diverse needs of participants
  • Respond appropriately to specific issues as they arise
  • We are supporting NZ Rugby in their work with other major sporting codes to develop a diversity charter, which can then be circulated through our networks
  • Advice on Minister’s discretionary fund (which now has a focus on supporting disadvantaged children participate)

Current status

  • Increased public interest on homophobia in sport and the impact this has on participation as a result of ‘Out on the field’
  • Also increased media attention around racism in sport, following incidents in Australia and here – Human Rights Commission considering developing a campaign around this
  • Work with Te Puni Kōkiri around Maori participation approach

Sector partners

  • National Sport Organisations
  • Regional Sports Trusts
  • Community sport and rec organisations

Government Partners

  • Human Rights Commission
  • Ministry of Women
  • MSD
  • TPK

Other Partners

  • Rainbow Parliamentary Network
  • Rainbow Tick

International Work

Internationally, a lot of managing diversity work is focused on cultural diversity and racism in participation, while gender is the focus of governance matters.

Gaps/Potential for further work

  • Potential for Sport NZ to develop position statements and guidance on specific diversity issues such as homophobia, transgender athletes etc.
  • Work on low participant communities and taking a participant focus has the potential to provide insights to the integrity barriers to sport and recreation and how these could be overcome.

Sport NZ Group position statement

The Sport NZ Group believes that everyone has the right to participate in sport and recreation and be treated with respect,empathy and positive regardirrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, gender,national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status.

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