Story also published at gothunderbirds.ca
This Fall, the Equity & Inclusion Office in partnership with Varsity Athletics lead an orientation session on diversity and inclusion in Varsity sports for 600 student athletes. The #TBirdsRespect challenge was posed to the athletes as a way to demonstrate their commitment to building respectful athletic communities. Varsity teams took part by competing to see who would be photographed the most while sporting the blue and gold “UBC Thunderbirds RESPECT” wristbands.
After a survey of social media channels, the winner was UBC Track & Field and X-Country. The Track team will receive a $350 gift card to celebrate at a local restaurant.
John Gay, team manager said “UBC Track is incredibly honored to win this contest and I know I speak on behalf of all my teammates when I say that we are committed to representing UBC and Thunderbird athletics with the utmost humility, sportsmanship, and respect for our teammates, coaches, competitors and fans.”
“As one of the largest and one of the few mixed gendered programs within UBC Athletics, respect and openness are of utmost importance to us,” says Max Trummer, the Thunderbird track student-athlete who manages the team’s social media. “Many members of our team come from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and wearing our wristbands shows that, in representing the T-Birds, we are all united both on the track and in society.”
Gay sums up his team’s thoughts on the challenge, “UBC is a fantastic place to study and compete and it is in large part due to the community we belong to that embraces diversity and encourages individuality as a means of success; both in sport and in life.”
The Equity & Inclusion Office congratulates UBC Track & Field and X-Country and encourages all Varsity athletes to keep the challenge going all year long.