On April 26th, the Hon. Damian Collins MP, Chair of the Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport, hosted a reception for around twenty five guests at the House of Commons in Westminster to celebrate the partnership between Sport Allies and Leeds Beckett University, and the tremendous results that this partnership has already achieved, including the Sport Allies report on “Homophobia, Gender and Sporting Culture”, which has encouraged the UK Government to recognise the value of allies to LGBT advancement in sport.
The event was attended by top sporting celebrities, including Lianne Sanderson, former Arsenal & Chelsea football player who also played football for England, and Olympic gold medalists Helen Richardson Walsh OBE & Kate Richardson Walsh OBE – the first single gender married couple to win Olympic gold for Britain! We also welcomed senior academics from the UK & Canada who specialise in examining issues such as patriarchy and heteronormativity, and representatives from both Sport Allies and Warwick Rowers, including names many of you will recall from previous calendars, like Chris Primett, Tristan and Laurie.
A few of us, including Tristan, Laurie and Angus, visited the Palace of Westminster in 2015 to accept our Pink News award from the Secretary of State for Education as Community Group of the Year. It was very nice to be back in this world-famous and historic building!