Posts tagged inclusivity

We want to be conscious of our position of privilege and acknowledge that others need an opportunity to be in the center.  We need to do more than just prop a door open.  Sometimes we need to leave the room.  Or at least sit back against the wall and leave a clear the path to the buffet.     This is where we are in European roller derby.  This is where the thinking has got to but there’s a whole lot of “what does that look like?”

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New skaters, fresh meat, newbies…  all these words are applied to anyone who hasn’t passed Minimum Skills.  What happens when you’re four years down the line and you’ve still not got your 27 in 5?  You’re not a newbie.  You’re an extremely persistent individual who for whatever myriad of reasons hasn’t passed their mins.

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I attended a conference last week on Physical Activity and Mental Health. 

What I came away with from my day of learning wasn’t the answers to managing that skater who throws things or that one who isolates themselves or that one who only comes to training every three weeks.  I didn’t learn a whole lot of new about how activity improves mental health.  What I did get was space to think and listen and see the connections. 

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