By David “Dirk” Smith, M.Sc., SDL (He/Him)
Inspired by the Gay Games and his own experiences in LGBTQ+ sports, Shamey Cramer launches the first annual Diversity in Sport Day which seeks to “CELEBRATE trailblazers, triumphs, and milestones; MOTIVATE others to set new standards of inclusion, and ADVOCATE for universal equity in sport and society at large.”
In the last decade or so, a lot of question has risen around the purpose and usefulness of LGBTQI sports events, especially as more professional athletes are gradually coming out of the closet without facing the career consequences that have burden so many in the past, as well as recent accomplishments toward greater civil rights for LGB people, including marriage equality. I would often (and still am) asked, “why do we need a Gay Games?” Of course, this seemingly simple question comes with a bit of a loaded answer, for while I will often reference the “we will get there when we get there” joke from The Incredibles, since there is a lot to talk about.
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.