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.
6 June 2016
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.
25 May 2016
Being captain of the Melbourne Storm and the Australian Rugby League team means uniting a lot of blokes from many different backgrounds. On the field you need as much from the guy standing next to you as yourself. It doesn’t matter what the colour of your skin is or where you are from, you’ve both got the same goal – play your best and work as a team. For tips on how to keep racism out of your sport visit playbytherules.net.au. I’m Cameron Smith and racism, it stops with me.
17 May 2016
What qualities make an athlete? Ability, attitude and effort are a few that come to mind. But one thing that doesn’t effect the kind of sportsman you are is your sexuality. On the field it makes no difference if you are gay or straight. I’m Paul Gallen from the Cronulla Sharks and for me if you can play, you can play. Let’s keep homophobia out of sport. To keep sport safe, fair and inclusive for everyone visit playbytherules.net.au.
13 April 2016
Hi’ I’m Archie Thompson. Players just love it when fans show support from the stands – cheering, shouting and singing really does give the boys a buzz and is great for the game. Whatever team you go for – be it the Socceroos or Melbourne Victory or your kids local side – be supportive and show respect to all players and officials. Always cheer your team on – win, lose or draw – don’t forget to act in the spirit of the game and you know what, it really wouldn’t hurt to thank the officials and referee. To keep your sport safe, fair and inclusive go to playbytherules.net.au.
14 October 2015
Hey, I’m Anna Meares. Winning gold at the Olympics was an incredible feeling and having my biggest rival, who I had just beaten, ride up next to me and lift my hand in victory, topped off an amazing moment. We’d had our fair share of clashes over the years but in the end we both respected eachother, and that’s what really counts in sport. Be gracious in victory and in defeat. To keep your sport inclusive, safe and fair go to playbytherules.net.au.
4 August 2015
Which Australian swimmer has broken 84 world records, Thorpy, Hackett? No, it’s me Matt Cowdrey. Havn’t you heard of me – that’s because I’m a Paralympian. I have one arm but I can still swim 50 freestyle just 4 seconds slower than the fastest able-bodied athlete. But remember, being a champion is about more than winning gold. It’s about playing fair and including everyone. To find out about how to keep your sport safe, fair and inclusive visit playbytherules.net.au.
9 June 2015
Hi, Johnathan Thurston here. I play footy for my club, my state and my country and I love it. But lots of people who enjoy participating in sport quit because they are discriminated against or bullied. Maybe it’s because they look different or speak with an accent. Who knows what I would have done if that happened to me. Sport is about respect for others, regardless of their background, race or religion. Everyone deserves a fair go. To keep your sport inclusive, safe and fair go to playbytherules.net.au.
5 May 2015
Hey, Anna Flanagan here from the Hockeyroos. In sport things don’t always go your way. You get some bad luck and some decisions you may not agree with. But you just have to get over it and get on with the game. Whether you are playing, coaching or supporting your kids respect every player and official. They are all trying to do their best. And most of all just enjoy yourself. To keep your sport safe, fair and inclusive go to playbytherules.net.au.
11 February 2015
Hey, Alicia Coutes here from the Australian Swimming team. I grew up racing my brothers in the pool – I grew up beating my brothers in the pool – now I’m at the Olympic Games representing my country. It just shows that it doesn’t matter if you are a guy or a girl, sport is for everyone. At the Olympics some of the best athletes will be men, and some will be women, they will be skin colours and languages of every variety – its’ what makes sport great. To keep your sport inclusive, safe and fair go to playbytherules.net.au.
12 November 2014
Right now you don’t know the colour of my hair, my eyes or my skin. You don’t know whether I am short or tall. But I’ll give you a clue – I’m a well known sportsman. Sport should be about being equal, regardless of your skin colour or where you come from – you see, sport is for everyone, that’s why it is so important to treat everyone with respect. To keep your sport inclusive, safe and fair go to playbytherules.net.au. By the way, I’m Adam Goodes from the Sydney Swans and I’m Indigenous, not that it matters.