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An Evening with Greg Louganis and LGBT Sporting Greats
Thu. 2 March 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm AEDT
"Never underestimate your ability to make somone else's life better" - Greg Louganis
Greg is a sporting legend. He has won 4 Olympic gold and 1 Olympic silver medal over three Olympic Games: Montreal (’76), Los Angeles (’84) and Seoul (’88). Greg is gay and HIV positive. His powerful life story has been the subject of two books and three documentaries. Greg is known worldwide for his openness and willingness to share his story for the benefit of others who may be struggling with identity, depression, addiction and sexuality. HIs gentle demeanour has endeared audiences all over the globe. Greg is a people's champion - somebody who reached astronomical levels of sporting excellence whilst dealing with cripplinglevels of personal adversity.
Join Greg and a panel of Australian LGBT sporting greats as they talk about their life experiences.
How did Greg keep his cool to win gold in 1988 after famously smashing his head on the diving board during the preliminary rounds? How did he cope the combined pressure of just finding out he was HIV positive and This event is audience interactive. We want as many questions from the floor as we can manage.
We are also honoured to have Kristen Worley join us in conversation on the night. The courageous Canadian sportswoman is taking on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and four other major sports governing bodies in a landmark lawsuit that starts on February 29.
She alleges that the IOC’s policies on hormone regulation make it dangerous for transgender athletes to compete by forcing them to suppress their testosterone levels to a point that endangers their health. These policies have already changed twice during the course of her more than decade-long campaign. But, Worley still believes they discriminate against athletes who have successfully changed their gender.
Her case asks pressing questions of how sports’ governing bodies distinguish between men and women. But it also has the potential to inspire more athletes to exercise their human rights, by setting a legal precedent—opening up sports-based disputes to courts of law rather than courts of arbitration, where they have traditionally been heard
We will also discuss what the future will look like in creating a more inclusive sporting environment at all levels.
Drinks Reception Included