Play by the Rules has a large network of ‘champion’ sports men and women that support safe, fair and inclusive sport. They have provided us with some great messages in the form of audio files you can download and use on your own website and for promotional purposes.

Our Champions audio
  • 27 November 2016

    Elyse Perry

    No matter what your age most of us played sport when we were young and there was always one thing that made you want to disappear into a corner or even give up your chosen sport. And that was when someone on the sideline hurled abuse at either you or a team mate. These are the moments that make sport painful for so many kids and the time has come to stop it. I’m Elyse Perry from the Southern Stars and my message is simple – let kids be kids – let them enjoy their sport without interference. Google Play by the Rules to find out more.

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  • 16 November 2016

    Ange Postecoglou

    No matter what your age most of us played sport when we were young and there was always one thing that made you want to disappear into a corner or even give up your chosen sport. And that was when someone on the sideline hurled abuse at either you, a team mate or an official. These are the moments that make sport painful for so many kids. Time has come to stop it. I’m Ange Postecoglou, coach of the Socceroos. My message is a simple – let kids be kids – find out more at playbytherules.net.au.

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  • 15 November 2016

    Caitlin Thwaites

    Most parents agree that junior sport is about kids getting exercise and having fun at the same time. But for some kids that fun becomes a nightmare when they are put under constant pressure by parents and spectators. Yelling out instructions from the sideline or banging on about what you think they did wrong can turn kids away from sport for good. I’m Caitlin Thwaites from the Australian Diamonds and it’s time to let kids be kids. Google Play by the Rules to find out more.

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  • 14 November 2016

    Sam Thaiday

    Pressure, it’s something that most of us don’t like to be under. In fact, it often causes confusion and mistakes. As a professional athlete it’s something I’ve had to get used to. Yet people seem to think it’s okay to be put heaps of pressure on kids to perform when they are playing sport. It may seem harmless enough but constant calling out instructions from the sideline and telling kids what to do can be a real downer. I’m Sam Thaiday from the Queensland Origin team – it’s time to let kids be kids. Google Play by the Rules to find out more.

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  • 1 November 2016

    Nick Dal Santo

    Pressure, it’s something most of us don’t like being under. In fact, it often causes confusion and mistakes. As a professional footballer it’s something I’ve had to get used to. Yet, people think it’s okay to put heaps of pressure on kids to perform when they are playing their sport. It might seem harmless enough but constantly calling out instructions from the sidelines and telling kids what to do can be a real downer. I’m Nick Dal Santo from the North Melbourne Football Club and it’s time to let kids be kids and enjoy their sport. Google Play by the Rules to find out more.

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  • 31 October 2016

    Matt Ryan

    This weekend kids all across Australia will be having a great time playing sport. That is until they hear that ugly voice from the sideline that has a go at someone because they are too big, too slow or because of their ethnic background. To those people on the sidelines my message is ‘butt out’, when you are young sport should be fun. I’m Matt Ryan from the Socceroos, and it’s time that we let kids be kids. Find out more at playbytherules.net.au.

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  • 4 October 2016

    Usman Khawaja

    No matter what your age, most of us played sport when we were young. And there was always one thing that made you want to disappear into a corner or even give up your chosen sport – and that was when somebody on the sideline hurled abuse at either you or a team mate or an official. These are things that make sport so painful for so many kids and the time has come to stop it. I’m Usman Khawaja from the Australian Cricket team – my message is a simple one – let kids be kids – let them enjoy their sport – find out more at playbytherules.net.au.

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  • 4 October 2016

    Liz Cambage

    I‘m an Australian female basketballer with a Nigerian background. As a kid I was called names because of the colour of my skin, but it just drove me to work harder. In 2012 I went to the Olympics with the Opals - that shut the name callers up. Many people are picked on because of their background or colour and it pushed them away from sport. For tips on how to keep your sport free of racism visit playbytherules.net.au. I’m Liz Cambage and I’m proud to say ‘racism, stops with me’.

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  • 19 July 2016

    Dave Pocock

    Come on everyone, it can’t be that difficult. If your ability, attitude and effort means that you can play sport - or that you can’t – the other stuff shouldn’t matter. And by other stuff I mean whether a person is straight or gay. If you can play, you can play. I’m Dave Pocock from the UC Brumbies and I want to keep homophobia out of sport. To keep your sport safe, fair and inclusive for everyone visit playbytherules.net.au.

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  • 6 June 2016

    Kim Green

    If people judge me because I was female instead of my ability I may never have represented Australia in Netball. Talent, character and how hard an athlete works is what sport is really about. Whether someone is gay or straight doesn’t make them faster, slower, stronger or weaker. I’m Kim Green from the Diamonds and no matter what your level of sport if you can play, you can play. For more about how to keep your sport safe, fair and inclusive Google Play by the Rules.

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