LEAP Sports launch Pride Active Conversations with Philippa York as first guest

Cycling legend Philippa York will be the first guest in a new series of interviews organised by LEAP Sports Scotland to raise awareness of LGBTIQ+ issues in sport. The Pride Active Conversations will run over the coming weeks with guests already confirmed from the worlds of cycling, football and golf serving as an online alternative …

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Ian Pearson: “Sport saved my life. I feel like I’ve been trying to give back ever since.”

As a tennis coach in Newcastle and chair of the United With Pride LGBT+ supporters' group, Ian Pearson has a range of experiences in sport. It was a saving grace for him in his younger years when struggling with his mental health, but he has turned that battle into a passion to strive to make sure things are better for future generations.

Nick Heath: “On the whole, people are ready to say it’s whether you’re getting them a beer that they’re worried about, not their sexuality, and I’m happy with that.”

Nick Heath is an established voice in rugby broadcasting, having worked on World Cups, Six Nations and Premiership matches. But in lockdown, he has gone viral through his Life Commentaries and pub quizzes as well as putting plans together to continue his Cue Commentator podcast.

Zach Sullivan: “I just needed someone to tell me there was nothing wrong with it.”

In January, professional ice hockey player Zach Sullivan made headlined when he became the first UK player to come out. Since then his life has been a whirlwind of media interest off the ice, which has been quite the adjustment for someone who used to hate doing interviews. Here he talks about coming out in the public eye, what he hoped to achieve by going public and how struggling with his sexuality affected him for over a decade.

Laura Montgomery: “There were probably other people at the time that said it was arrogance. I think Cas and I genuinely believed we could do things better.”

Laura Montgomery is one of the co-founders of Glasgow City, the dominant side of women's football in Scotland. She rose from not being allowed to play as a child, to forming her own club, playing for and captaining them, and watching on as the club went from strength to strength domestically and in Europe.