Posted on Fri 30 Nov 2018 at 14:26 by Christopher Carter
It's been amazing to see so many Sports Clubs engaging with and supporting Pride Week - yet another testament to students' commitment to the incredible #ReshapingSport campaign!
This week, I'm turning my blog over to RYAN GIRARD, who has written a guest post about playing Rugby for Warwick Women's Rugby Union as a non-binary player!
"As a non-binary person with asthma I never really believed that University Sports were for me. I was always made to believe that in order to be part of a team I’d have to be thinner, less asthmatic, more athletic and especially less queer. Because for so long people have judged me and my body, for being bigger, heavier, hairier, stronger, a.k.a. taking up space in a society in which people assume me and my body shouldn’t be. For all of those reasons I always felt as though I might never actually get to see everything that my body could do, and be.
But after hearing about and seeing all of the great work that the SU Full-Time and Part-Time Officers have put in to make sure that sports were accessible to people from all backgrounds, and hearing such good things being said about women’s rugby, I decided to join.
And what can I say, I really do feel as though playing rugby allows me to explore the part of my body I never thought I could fully see! It’s only been a month or so since I’ve started training with them and I really do feel as though being part of such an amazing team has completely changed my University experience.
As someone who grew up assigned female and was socialised to not take place, to not show my strength and being rendered invisible in society for my being non-binary, being in a space where I can run, be strong and bold and be appreciated for it was really healing.
When it comes to me being non-binary, the team has really been welcoming - you can tell that it’s something some of them aren’t used to, but they’ve all been so keen to learn and just generally so nice and understanding.
I think that sports teams on this campus have come a long way - although there’s still a long way to go to kick homophobia and transphobia out of sports, I am positive that things are changing towards making sports more accessible and creating a space where everyone that is interested in sport will feel safe and confident that they will be welcome within our teams.”