Hailey Davidson: “As much as I want to play golf forever, I want to be who I am first.”

Hailey Davidson hit the headlines in May for becoming the first trans woman to win a professional golf tournament in the United States, but she was no overnight success story. She won a mini-tour event in Polk County, Florida that was the culmination of a six-year journey to return to golf. Even long before she …

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Chris Young: “If a top player comes out, good for him, but when it’s in your face you can see that everyone’s here to play sport at the end of the day, and everyone’s the same on the pitch.”

It should not be a surprise that Chris Young is a rugby player. Growing up in Larne, his dad – a life-long member of the local rugby club – had him playing touch and tag ruby from an early age. He was not allowed to play football at school, where rugby dominated in the form …

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Glasgow Raptors: “They can be who they are, and still enjoy sport at the same time.”

The summer of 2021 feels like it will be a fresh start in many ways for the Glasgow Raptors. Based in the part of Scotland hit by the most consistently severe restrictions during the pandemic, their recent return to training has been most welcome after being out of action since summer turned to autumn last …

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Hattie: “Being in an environment that’s not toxic, which the Unicorns isn’t at all, is great.”

For Hattie, discovering and joining the Birmingham Unicorns has given her a new lease of life. By her own admission, Hattie "lives and breathes" cricket, but despite that it was not always an easy journey to the Midlands side. Playing in her slightly younger days, she was on her way to becoming a promising all-rounder …

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Jay Timmins: “I feel part of something that’s got momentum, which is important.”

In many ways, Jay Timmins typifies what inclusive clubs are all about. For a variety of reasons, they never felt able to take part in sport before coming across the Birmingham Unicorns, but now they are slowly taking their first steps in cricket – and loving every minute. Suffering from chronic pain, a condition they …

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Zy Evangelista: “The moment I stepped on to the court to play that game, it’s like I just forgot about everything else.”

Zy Evangelista went through many of the same emotions growing up that so many other LGBT+ people felt about sport. They were a huge basketball fan, but was never able to commit to playing at school. The difference was that in their case, it had nothing to do with their sexuality or gender identity – …

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Manish Modi: “Graces has allowed me to be a good cricketer, but a better person as well.”

Tomorrow a history-making match will be taking place as Graces and the Birmingham Unicorns face off in the first ever cricket match between two LGBT+ inclusive clubs. While the Unicorns are the newcomers on the block, with Lachlan Smith making the first moves to start the club last year, Graces have gone for decades without …

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Andy Paul: “All of my squad know who I am, and they are very defensive of me which is lovely.”

Although athletics has always been in Andy Paul's life, he was never seen as particularly sporty at school. Paul's mother was a multi-eventer, competing in sprint races, hurdles and long jump, while his father used to be a race official. Therefore, it was perhaps no surprise that Paul, his brother and his sister all got …

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Frazer Robertson: “You don’t reach the top and then stop. You always have to work at it, LGBT+ inclusion in sport is never going to go away.”

Even among those who would class themselves as very sporty people, floorball is not a discipline that many will be familiar with. The simplest way of describing it is as ice hockey without the ice, and slightly less contact. Teams of six play over three 20-minute periods, usually indoors, with a ball instead of a …

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Jay Forster: “If someone sees hatred, then that’s going to affect them. If someone sees me being out and proud, that will affect them too.”

Whenever Olympic Games come around, sports that struggle to get much attention are suddenly thrust into a new spotlight, opening up the chance that the next generation will be inspired to take them up That was certainly the case for Jay Forster watching the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 from afar. Ice hockey is now …

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