David Sparkes signs anti-homophobia charter
24 June 2011
British Swimming and ASA Chief Executive David Sparkes has leant his support to a UK Government campaign to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport.
Sparkes attended a Downing Street reception on Thursday and signed a Charter on behalf of the British Aquatics governing body which has also been supported by the likes of the FA, England & Wales Cricket Board, Lawn Tennis Association and Locog.
The Charter underlines the importance of fairness, equality, respect and dignity in sport and the belief that everyone should be able to participate in and enjoy sport – whoever they are and whatever their background.
British Swimming independent board member Craig Hunter admits he is pleased to see Swimming aligning itself with the cause.
As a gay man I have never come across any homophobia with GB aquatic sports.
“I am delighted to see British Swimming has signed up to this initiative,” said Hunter, who was England Chef de Mission at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
“As a gay man I have never come across any homophobia within GB aquatic sports but I am not naïve enough to think this is a universal experience.
“Let us hope this will give support to those in a less fortunate and potentially more vulnerable place.”