Diversity in Sport, Everyone Belongs Adelaide, SA

There is nothing that unites Australians more than sport, and our national sporting heroes. Sport helps build social cohesion and inclusion, improves our health and wellbeing, and fosters academic achievement.

Currently, multicultural communities are under-represented in sports participation. For the continued growth of our sporting codes, clubs must look for ways to engage with multicultural communities. Athletes are role models for our children, and it is important for our multicultural youth to see diversity amongst our professional sporting bodies.

Our sports clubs should be community centres, places where kids and parents make friends and build relationships; where parents engage in the organisation and volunteer at the club. Our sports clubs should be a place where “everyone belongs”.

In Harmony Week, the Department Home Affairs in South Australia launched “Diversity in Sport, Everyone Belongs”. A program to encourage:

  • Multicultural youth and their families to embrace all the benefits that sporting participation brings, and
  • Sporting associations and clubs to create inclusive multicultural environments where everyone belongs.

Through “Diversity in Sport, Everyone Belongs”, the Department of Home Affairs will partner with a number of positive roles models, “Champions”, to promote the objectives of the program. These Champions include:

  • Usman Khawaja – Australian cricketer who migrated from Pakistan with his family as a child.
  • Eleni Glouftsis – our first female AFL umpire to officiate an AFL match, and granddaughter of Greek migrants, and
  • Majok Deng – a professional basketball player, who came to Australia as a refugee from South Sudan with his mother and sister.

Departmental staff will be working with both multicultural communities, sporting associations and clubs, as well as schools and community hubs to achieve these aims.

For more information please email sa.community.engagement@homeaffairs.gov.au.

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