Water polo has come a long way since its early beginnings in the mid-19th century. From its first introduction at the modern Olympic Games in 1900, children, young people, adults and seniors have taken the sport to a new level. Inclusivity and diversity are leading the way and Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre is a champion of change within the sport.
Hosting its LGBTQIA+ Water Polo event late last year, it was an event where everyone was welcome. The gender-inclusive LGBTQIA+ come-and-try event encompassed a warm-up session, yoga cool down and polo skills training.
“We absolutely love to engage with each and every person in our community,” said Kym Hart, Community Engagement Coordinator. “Regardless of backgrounds, culture or gender, we strive to ensure every person has a place at Gurri Wanyarra — a safe place to be themselves and participate in programs to improve their health and well-being.”
With modified water polo games, participants enjoyed each session followed by a community BBQ, where laughter and casual conversation flowed freely.
“Bringing the community together under the banner of LGBTQIA+ is a testament to the amazing people who live in our region,” Kym said.
“Respect and kindness at come and try events such as this truly demonstrate the impact our community is making towards those who may feel it’s difficult to be themselves.
“Everyone is always welcome at Gurri Wanyarra. It’s a safe place for all in our community — a place where new friends are made and intergenerational connections are forged. We are extremely privileged as a team to have the capacity to host and develop initiatives that are inclusive for all.”
Belgravia Leisure proudly welcome, support and include all people into the facilities, programs, services and employment it offers to communities across Australia and New Zealand. See our social inclusion statement here.