LGBTQI+ Inclusion in Sports
GAA: An Overview of Good Practices
In this video Geraldine outlines the work that is being done within the GAA to promote a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all. She advises that all members of the GAA community should expect to be able to thrive, while being respected and valued for their unique perspectives and contributions, so that they can achieve their fullest potential. Over the last 10 years, the GAA has been working very hard in the area of inclusion and integration with many developments and programmes implemented. She speaks about the ‘GAA For All Committee’ which was established to oversee the implementation of inclusion and integration policies and also outlines some of the work they are focusing on in line with the Strategic Plan 2017-2021, which is to value and develop our GAA community.
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Geraldine’s career and involvement in Irish sport has seen her work in many sport development roles for National sporting Governing Bodies including Geraldine Special Olympics Ireland, the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) and Dublin GAA. With a background in sports science and health her key areas of focus include team management, athlete performance, and community and club development. In March 2020 in line with the INAR Human Rights week, Geraldine launched the first GAA Responding to Racism (R2R) educational and awareness campaign. The campaign, which includes both education and procedures to follow should any incidents arise in GAA clubs, has been developed by Geraldine in collaboration with Sports Against Racism Ireland (SARI). Geraldine also has established a Gender Diversity Working Group within the GAA.