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STAN GRANT travels to Melbourne to explore ethics in sport this week on Q+A

This week’s Q&A deals with the complex issue of ethics in sport.

Sport remains a defining element of Australian culture, interwoven with our political, social and professional lives – but how level are our playing fields for a nation that prides itself on ‘Fair Go’?

Fairness, inclusivity and personal beliefs all need to be considered, from the grassroots to the Olympic arena… so how do we celebrate difference while setting rules for participation?

Is fairness better than inclusion? How do sports clubs respectfully represent the religious and cultural beliefs of those competing at elite level?

From controversial debates over the participation of trans athletes to the uproar over an NRL club’s Pride jersey, the sport has dominated the headlines this year. And research consistently shows that racism is an ongoing problem.

How can sports federations ensure that all athletes at all levels feel included and respected? How do sports regulators balance fairness and inclusion to give everyone the opportunity to participate?

How does race, religion, gender and money affect sport in Australia today and what does this mean for our country’s social cohesion?

And don’t forget that you set the agenda – submit your questions and join an important discussion.

Alongside Stan Grant on this week’s panel:

Kyren Perkins

Olympian and CEO of the Australian Sports Commission

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Kieren Perkins OAM is considered one of the best distance swimmers in the world and has won four Olympic medals.

Hannah Mouncey

handball player

Hannah Mouncey has represented Australia as a handball player for the past 10 years, taking part in various events around the world and being part of World Cup teams.

Joe Williams

Former NRL player and mental health advocate

Joe Williams is a former NRL player and author who has delivered mental health and wellbeing programs in over 200 communities across Australia through his organization The Enemy Within.

David Lakisa

Pacific Rim Sports Advisor

dr David Lakisa is Managing Director of Talanoa Consultancy. For the first time in Australia, he was appointed the Pacific Islanders’ first coaching and development officer in the New South Wales Rugby League.

Catherine Ordway

Sports Attorney, University of Canberra

Catherine Ordway is Research Director in Sport Integrity at the University of Canberra and Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School.

Q+A: Live from Melbourne with Stan Grant | Thursday, August 25 at 8:30 p.m. on ABC and iview

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