We are delighted that scottishathletics has been shortlisted for a major award in recognition of our work to promote diversity in sport.
The Herald & GenAnalytics Diversity Awards recognise organisations and individuals actively promoting diversity in all its forms. Our nomination is in the Diversity in Sport category, and comes on the back of work carried out by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) Group, and others across the sport, to increase and support participation by people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
In addition, Karen Wallace, who is part of the ED&I Group, has been shortlisted in the Diversity Hero of the Year category.
Among the projects mentioned in our nomination are our world-leading move to allow non-binary entries in licenced athletics events; the Community Strides project carried out by jogscotland with partners SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), to make jogscotland more accessible to people from ethnically and culturally diverse communities, and #OnTheRightTrack, our programme to use running and athletics to improve the lives of people and communities.
The nomination also recognises the ways in which ED&I are embedded into our everyday work, such as the progression of para inclusion in our events, the equalisation of cross country distances for male and female athletes, and the production of equality guidance for clubs.
In 2019, we became only the third sports governing body in Scotland to achieve the Advanced (highest) Level of Equality Standard for Sport.
The winners will be announced on 7 October.