Pride in Sport

AusDBF is committed to creating a safe and inclusive space for all people, regardless of gender expression, gender identity and sexuality.

We are committed to ensuring that everyone involved in dragon boat is treated with dignity and is respected from abuse, bullying, harassment, sexual misconduct, unlawful discrimination, victimisation, and vilification. 

There is a zero-tolerance to any form of bullying, harassment, and vilification in our sport, this includes all forms of transphobia, homophobia and/or biphobia. AusDBF strives to support our dragon boat community to live happy, healthy, safe and active live.

What can I do now?

  • Using gender neutral language 
  • Ask respectful questions - ("What pronouns should I use?")
  • If you make a mistake (and we all will) - acknowledge, apologise and move on.

Be an Ally 

  • Be informed: Attend information sessions, talk to LGBTQ+ friends, family or colleagues, read our peers and ally guide, read LGBTQ+ related publications, social media, and videos.
  • Be Visible: Promote yourself as an ally, wear a pin, share your story of ahy your'e an ally, celebrate days of significance
  • Be part of the Solution: Talk about pronouns, advocate for inclusive language, take a stand against homophobic, biphobic or transphobic slurs, jokes or negative comments.

Days of Significance 

Diversity Days are all about celebrating or honouring LGBTQ+ days of significance and increasing awareness of teh LGBTQ+ community's rich and fabulous diversity.

Pride in Sport Language and Terminology

Language plays a big part of what we say and do. It is how we bring ourselves into a conversation. Be mindful of what you say and howthis will affect others. Refer to the Language and Terminology to help you understand and ask questions if you are unsure or woud like further understanding or clarification.


LGBTQ Participant Guide- V1

LGBTQ Inclusion Administration Guide - v1

LGBTQ Peers and Allies Guide - v1

ASC Transgender & Gender Diverse Inclusion Guidelines for High Performance Sport 

Internal Support Contact 

Ian Gearey (he/him)  - Diversity and Inclusion Director - Ian identifies a gay man and leads not only AusDBFs D&I but is also Global co-chair of Pride for his work organisation.

Danni Allport - Pride Ambassador - Danni identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community and strong mentor to drive LGBTQ+ inclusion in Sport.

If you need to talk to someone confidentially you can reach out to either of them at the link above.

AusDBF Pride Ambassador 

Danni Allport 


External Support Contact

For External support you can also reach to the following orgainsations or there are more listed in the LGBTQ+ guide above.

  • Pride in Sport is anational not-for-profit sporting inclusion program specifically designed to assist sporting orgamisations of all levels with the inclusion of employees, athletes, coaches, volunteers and spectators with diverse sexualities and genders.
  • Australian Sports Commission believes that all Australians should be able to participate in sport in a welcoming and inclusive way - regardless of age, ability, socio-economic status, cultural background, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
  • Minus 18 is leading change, building social inclusion, and advocating for an Australia where all young people are safe, empowered, and surrounded by people that support them.
  • TransHub is an initiative from ACON Health, Australia's largest LGBTQ Health Organisation specialising in community health, inclusion, and HIV responses for people of diverse sexualities and genders.
  • Proud2Play focuses on increasing LGBTIQA+ engagement insport, exercise and active recreation. To do this, P2P works with all levels of sporting community from individual participants and grassroots communities , to State and National sporting organisations.
  • Australian Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory organisation, established by an ACT of Federal Parliament. We protect and promote human rights in Australia and internationally. 
  • QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships. Freecall: 1800 184 527
  • Lifeline provides 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services to all Australians experiencing a personal crisis. Phone: 13 11 14 
  • ACON provides counselling as well as social work support to help people resolve complex or ongoing violence and harassment matters. Freecall: 1800 063 060

Travel in overseas for Dragon Boat racing

All travellers face risks overseas. Risks can be higher for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in some destinations. AusDBF want to ensure that you understand these risks if you are traveling to compete in another country. You can get more information around these risks here.