Bushrangers Basketball may be looking forward to the holidays but they are showing no signs of slowing down. The signing of two big partnerships demonstrate their commitment to diversity in basketball. Bushrangers Basketball were thrilled to share with Star Observer that the WNBL team Southside Flyers is their official diversity partner and the WNBL club they officially support.
Just like the Bushrangers they are exploding from the blocks early. Southside Flyers are the newest team to join the WNBL and despite their underdog status they are currently top of the table.
Bushrangers Basketball is small but they have a big purpose. As Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland’s and soon to be Canberra’s first LGBTIQA+ basketball clubs they are tenacious in their drive to improve visibility and engagement for those who have fallen through the cracks of mainstream team sports.
In late November, Bushrangers Basketball also partnered with Transgender Victoria (TGV), Victoria’s leading body for trans and gender diverse advocacy as their first official diversity partner to guide and strengthen their commitment to transgender and gender diverse people in basketball.
Bushrangers Basketball understands the importance of linking up with mainstream sporting bodies and clubs to combat the preconceived notion that basketball is not a safe space for the LGBTIQA+ community; especially its transgender and gender diverse folk. This is why outward expressions of shared inclusion goals from elite clubs like Southside Flyers, TGV and Bushrangers Ambassador triple Olympian Shelley Gorman are so important for the LGBTIQA+ community.
As diversity partners, Bushrangers Basketball, TGV and Southside Flyers have agreed to join forces to:
1. Promote inclusion and understanding in the wider basketball community;
2. Exchange ideas on how to promote and foster safe spaces for the LGBTIQA+ community and especially their transgender and gender diverse players/members; and
3. Coordinate and cooperate with each other regarding projects and/or activities of mutual interest in order to achieve their shared goals for promoting inclusion.
If you want to learn more about Bushrangers Basketball’s work to help the community ‘Come Out & Play’ head to:
If you’d like to get to a game to support Southside Flyers or become a member head to:
Or if you’d like to learn more about TGV head to: