- A new film attempts to address a common problem in athletics.
A new film aims to address a widespread issue in sports.
Several renowned Winnipeg players, coaches, and officials shared their stories to highlight the negative effects of racism and to encourage people to speak out against it.
Shawna Joynt won a gold medal in curling at Winnipeg’s 2018 Canadian Deaf Games. She explained that because she is deaf and Indigenous, participating in sports has allowed her to break down boundaries.
“Trying to make sure I understand what I’m hearing,” Joynt added, “because I wasn’t given a lot of opportunities to play because of my skin color.”
That’s why Joynt, who is now vice president of the Manitoba Deaf Sports Association, shared her story in a film targeted at demonstrating and eradicating racism in sports.
In the video, Andrew Jean-Baptiste of the Winnipeg Valour FC retired Winnipeg Blue Bomber Obby Khan, volleyball Olympian Wanda Guenette, and many more Manitoba players, coaches, and officials, which was released by the Anti-Racism in Sport Campaign.
Recurring occurrences of racism in sport spurred the Anti-Racism in Sport Campaign, according to Gololcha Boru, a project consultant for the campaign.
“It’s endemic, and maybe this campaign will bring it to light, and we can come to terms with racism in sport,” Boru added.
The Anti-Racism in Sport Campaign is also working on a research component that will show how common racist occurrences are in sports across the province.
Roger Brightnose, a parent, is still thinking about the situation.
On Oct. 31, his 16-year-old son Keagan received racial slurs from rival spectators and players at a high school hockey game in Swan River.
Brightnose believes that the video’s distribution will raise awareness.
“It gives me a wonderful feeling knowing they’re reaching out to other athletes who have had similar experiences, like our kid Keagan,” Brightnose said.
Joynt, who has two teenage kids who participate in sports, is now viewing the problem from the perspective of a parent and a team manager.
“I don’t tolerate that type of behavior, and I get involved, and we talk about it, and I make it clear to a lot of the coaches — how would you feel if it was your child,” Joynt said.
She thinks that by telling her story, she may demonstrate that everyone has the same right to play regardless of their background.
The anti-racism campaign will visit schools and provide anti-racism training for provincial sport organizations, community centers, parents, and officials.
Source: CTV News
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