As Assistant Coach for The Gliders, the Australian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, Tina’s experiences have given her a deeper understanding of the importance of LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport, and how coaches can positively influence behaviour.
Tina said, “Throughout my journey, I have sadly witnessed homophobic behaviour and language used both on and off the court. I’ve seen firsthand how this has been detrimental to the individuals involved, having to hide their sexuality for fear of being excluded or discriminated against. Even if unintentional, homophobic language and slurs can have a negative impact on a player’s performance, their mental health as well as the wider playing group. Personally, these experiences have reinforced the need for further inclusion and acceptance, not just within sport but also within the wider community.”