Australia is going all out in the name of inclusion with new rules for gymnastics competitions.
Gymnastics Australia released guidelines on Wednesday stating that athletes may choose their own uniform and be able to pick which changing facility they use in line with their gender identity.
The governing body said that it is intent on eliminating “discrimination of any sort” in the sport with its release of its new ‘Guidelines for the Inclusion of Transgender and Gender Diverse People in Community Gymnastics.’
“We recognize that the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people within sport is a complex and emotive issue, and it is important to note that these guidelines are focused on creating and fostering inclusive environments,” the new policy states. “There is a place in our sport for everyone, exactly as you are.”
The new guidelines, however, will not affect higher-level meets or events in the country, being limited to mixed-gender competition. More regulations will apply to the top events Down Under.
“For mixed-gender competitions, people can participate in a manner which best reflects their gender identity,” the guidelines read.
“Rules for mixed-gender competitions will be applied based on gender identity.”
The new guidelines also cited studies that said sports can be ”hostile and unwelcoming” to young transgender athletes.
“Diversity ensures our sport is better for all involved and we want everyone to feel comfortable and supported as part of the gymnastics community,” Gymnastics Australia chief executive Alexandra Ash said.
“We also want all members to feel celebrated in who they are and see them continue to contribute to the diverse community and legacy of gymnastics as one of Australia’s most popular sports for young people.”
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