You can be fair and inclusive

News.com.au reports:

An angry backlash has erupted after an all-boys netball team won a state title in Queensland by beating sides made up of female players in the decider.

The Queensland Suns Under-17 team was comprised entirely of boys and won the Under-18s championship in Brisbane this week, beating regional female teams en route to the trophy. …

Netball Queensland has strongly defended the state’s decision to allow an all-boys team to take part in the state netball competition.

“We want to make clear that there is a place for everyone in our sport,” it said in a statement on Thursday.

“We stand by the decision to choose inclusion over exclusion.

I actually played netball when at university. I’m all for men and boys playing netball and all for women and girls playing rugby. No sport should be reserved for one gender.

But that is very different to not having different competitions for men and women or boys and girls. Tennis is an inclusive sport but they don’t have one Wimbledon competition – they have one for men and one for women. If they didn’t, then not even Serena or Venus WIlliams would be there. So would that be inclusive?

You can be both fair and inclusive. It isn’t that hard.

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