I’d like to take a moment to say how proud I am to be joining the Canadian Olympic Committee as a One Team Ambassador. The One Team program is focused on promoting the anti-discrimination of LGBTQ athletes and coaches.
I feel very strongly about this issue because I am a member of the LGBTQ community and for my entire athletic career I struggled to accept my own sexuality. I know first hand how burdensome it is to hide ones true self. I also know that this is a lonely ordeal and today I hope to help end the silence.
Sport has the unique ability to bring all types of people together in pursuit of a common goal. Athletes should expect to encounter many struggles and barriers through their journey in sport but who they choose to love should not be one of them.
This is the first step of many, but it is an important one.