#DMUPride: My experiences in sport: competing as a transgender athlete

Location
2.01, Campus Centre
Date(s)
20/02/2020 (17:30-19:00)
Contact
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Description

Join host BBC presenter Richie Anderson and local transgender athletes as they discuss one of the most talked about topics in sport today. The athletes will discuss their journey within sport, the barriers that they have had to overcome to participate and how sport can become more inclusive.

Biography

Richie Anderson, BBC Presenter

Award winning Richie Anderson can be heard broadcasting to millions every morning on the Radio 2 Breakfast show with Zoe Ball. Since joining the show Richie has interviewed Taylor Swift, danced with Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daley, rapped for Alesha Dixon and broadcast live from Glastonbury.

Richie won an RTS Award, 'Best Short-Form Presenter' and was nominated for 'Outstanding New Talent' for his One Show film on homophobia in football - which saw him bravely come out as gay to his Sunday morning football team.

Chloe Quinn: Bedworth United Ladies GK1

‘I’m a Transgender woman who has been playing football now for the past 3 years. Although I just see myself as a woman who plays football these days.

I started my football journey 2 years after I first transitioned back in 2015. I started playing for a local team Oadby & Wigston ladies, I spent 2 seasons with that team and left in 2018 for a new exciting challenge as Goal Keeper for national league side Bedworth United ladies. Which I’m absolutely loving.

Being trans in sport isn’t great I’m constantly anxious how I’m perceived whether that’s how I look or how I sound on the pitch. My biggest fear would be for me to be heckled at whilst playing I’m really not sure how or if I could handle that but I have a great support network at my club.

For me being open and honest about my transition is really important as that’s how I found my courage, by following other trans people on social media, knowing it’s possible to live as my true self. If I can be a positive role model and share my story and inspire just one person into understanding that we can live out our dreams then I’ll be happy.’

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