Fair Play

Disability and Sport

Black Ferns, New Zealand Womens Rugby

Disability and sport, especially in rugby, is tackled with Kate Sexton from Rugby NZ and Disability Commissioner Paula Tesoriero

Fair Play, hosted by Zoe George, is a co-production of Radio New Zealand and WiSP Sports

Podcast length 36:14″

On this month’s episode we talk about linguistics behind sports from fraternity to batsmen. We have an update from the Basin Reserve including what’s happening with those toilets. We chat to Sophie Devine who is off to India and Ireland. The main story covers disability, gender and rugby. This month’s co-host is Para-climber Rachel Carter who first joined our talented roster of co-hosts last December. As a teen, Rachel had a climbing accident which caused a sever and permanent injury to her left leg which left her wheelchair bound for a time. Everything changed three years ago when she underwent experimental surgery and now she’s scaling new heights.  The choice of language associated with women and disabled players playing rugby is tackled with Rugby NZ Head of Women’s Development Kate Sexton and Disability Rights Commissioner and former paralympic cyclist PaulaTesoriero. We also hear from White Ferns’ Sophie Devine ahead of her tour of India and Ireland.  Professor Sarah Lieberman from Massey University shares her views on the linguistics in sport and gender parity explaining subconscious bias and where expressions like “well done guys”, “cricket fraternity”, women referred to as batsmen instead of batters, and that it’s never acceptable to use the word ‘girls’ in any circumstance.

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