By Dirk Smith, M.Sc, SDL (He/Him)
An often heard and constantly repeated racist stereotype that “black people can’t swim” or more specifically, “African American people can’t swim” has been around for generations. The stereotype has been bolstered by the lack of representation of black swimmers during the four-year Olympic cycle when swimming suddenly becomes relevant in American culture for two months. Even the statistics are discouraging...
By Dirk Smith, MSc, SDL (He/Him).
The topic of inclusion in sports for transgender, intersex and non-binary people in sports has been quite hot lately. With notable athletes such as Caster Semenya, Dr. Rachel McKinnon, Mack Beggs and others making an impact on sport. There has never been a time in which the need of discussion for education, inclusion and action has been more relevant. How can we make sports and exercise more accessible for transgender, intersex and non-binary people?
David "Dirk" Smith M.Sc, SDL, CSCS, (He/Him) is a sport psychology expert, strength & conditioning coach, swimming coach, sports diversity leader, published research scientist, teacher, writer, journalist, and athlete. He brings over 12 years of experience, education, and training to empower athletes to build self efficacy, strength, confidence, and express themselves through sport.