Bob Ballard: “There should be a Tom Daley in every single sport for people to look up to.”

Bob Ballard's voice is one that will be familiar to many. In his work as a commentator he has called the action at multiple Olympic Games (summer and winter), Commonwealth Games and world championships, and described several historic occasions. Possibly best known for his work poolside covering swimming and diving, Ballard has also commentated on …

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Waverley Care launch 150k challenge fundraiser

Backed by LEAP Sports Scotland, Waverley Care - Scotland's HIV, Hepatitis C and sexual health charity - are launching an active social fundraiser next month. The organisation helps support people all across Scotland, including providing outreach to people living with HIV, sexual health education to young people in schools and a wellbeing service to all …

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Keegan Hirst: “When people make any change that works out well, they wish they could have done it sooner.”

This article features strong language. Of the growing number of LGBTQIA+ athletes in the United Kingdom, Keegan Hirst's story is relatively well known. He fell into Rugby League, never being a sporty child and even being taken unawares by a coach coming to his door claiming to have spoken to his mum about getting him …

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Brock McGillis: “I absolutely love being a gay man, and I try and say it everywhere because most kids have never heard that.”

Major sports have an immense power to anyone who follows them. As we saw last year during the pandemic, football can provide an escape from everyday worries. For all the vitriol that can be seen from "fans" on social media, taking the knee before matches has helped spark conversation around racial inequality and we have …

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Extra Time 5 with Pride of the Terraces

For many LGBT+ people, the stigma and stereotypes around sport are enough to put them off before ever getting the chance to take part themselves. Already in the current football season we have seen homophobic chants coming from some fans, so it is really no wonder that some would rather avoid that world altogether. Sport …

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Evie Coultas: “There aren’t lots of people in our team who identify within the queer community, but the few that did made a huge impact on me.”

In many ways, there is no sport so quintessentially Scottish as shinty. It is only in the last 15 years or so that clubs have begun to pop up across England and other countries, but for a long time it has particularly been associated with the Scottish Highlands, where the sport remains the lifeblood of …

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Jonathan MacBride: “I love seeing people be confident with who they are, and be happy and open with who they are.”

For some, there is a particular moment in their life that they can pinpoint as being when they decided to speak out about what they were passionate about, and what they believe in. For Jonathan MacBride, it was the exact opposite. Organising and advocating only ever seemed like a natural progression. Much of what MacBride …

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Luke Strong: “I like to believe everything happens for a reason. I don’t know what that reason is yet, but one day hopefully I will.”

The Olympic Games have been a chance to celebrate sport over the last few weeks. Records have been broken, medals have been won, and countries around the world have revelled in their top athletes' successes. One week before the opening ceremony, however, one of the UK's groundbreaking gymnasts put his Olympic dream behind him as …

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Richard Gilbert: “Rugby helps with my mental health, it’s a real solace, so for me lockdown was real.”

It is the nature of inclusive clubs that had Richard Gilbert ahead of many other newcomers when he first joined the Glasgow Raptors by virtue of purely being a fan of rugby. Of course, he never felt like that was the case. By his own admission, he did not know what he was doing the …

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Luke Harding: “I definitely feel I wouldn’t have engaged in something like a rugby club without some kind of LGBT+ inclusivity or safeguarding.”

It has been a particularly strange year for Glasgow Raptors chair Luke Harding. Taking over the role after the pandemic had already started, to call it a baptism of fire might be being generous. He has had to deal with matches and tournaments being cancelled, being unable to train for long spells and the risk …

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