Goats third grade coach nominated for Pride in Sports award

by Rugby WA Media

Curtin University coach Greg Jaeckel has been nominated for the Pride in Sports inclusive coach award for his work with Curtin’s third grade side and the Perth Rams.

Held in Sydney on April 13 the award will be determined by a panel of judges who will decide the winner from a number of nominations from across the nation.

Jaeckel’s nomination is one of three from Perth and will be the only rugby nomination for the year.

Now in its fourth year, the event will see sporting identities, clubs and codes across the country gather to celebrate LGBTQ inclusion throughout Australian sport in 2020.

First held in 2018, the Australian Pride in Sport Awards is the first celebration of its kind dedicated solely to recognising exceptional efforts in playing sports more inclusive of LGBTQ people

Co-Founder of the Pride in Sport Index Andrew Purchas said the awards builds on progress in achieving LGBTQ rights and ongoing work in making sporting arenas, fields, and spectator stands more inclusive.

“The focus on LGBTQ inclusion, zero tolerance of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia, not only within the corporate sector via their diversity and inclusion practices, but also within sport and society as a whole is unprecedented. Sport has the opportunity to ensure that this focus translates to meaningful societal change and is not just fad. Sport breaks down barriers. Sport aims to create a fair go for all”, Purchas said.

All finalists from across the country can be found here