Anuschka Plays With Pride

Updated: Aug 28, 2020


Anuschka Plays With Pride

By Will Hunter

This Saturday, Bentleigh Football Netball Club will host the marquee matches during the SFNL’s third annual Pride Round.

The themed round aims to celebrate diversity and inclusion within the sporting fraternity, and the Demons jumped at the opportunity to be involved with its Men’s and Women’s footy and netball teams.

Both the club’s Senior Men’s and Women’s teams will wear specially designed Pride Round jumpers for their matches against Cheltenham and Lyndhurst, while rainbow 50m arcs and goal post padding will also be a prominent feature.

Bentleigh’s netballers will be wearing rainbow bibs in their Division 4 and Division 8 contests, and the Rosellas and the Lightning will also be involved, with players from both sides set to wear rainbow socks.

But these initiatives are not simply cosmetic gimmicks, rather they are emblematic of the Bentleigh Football Netball Club’s commitment to cultivating an inclusive atmosphere in which all people can feel welcome within the club.

Through her own personal experiences, Bentleigh women’s star Anuschka Reinhardt certainly feels passionate about the upcoming SFNL themed round and her club’s involvement.

“I think it’s an amazing experience to be a part of. I obviously have a very personal connection to it, I have my own story about it. I came out when I was 18, I’m 26 now, I have gone through a journey with that whole experience.” Reinhardt said.

“Sport was always something that I have done my whole life and I guess having those two (aspects) intertwined was really important to me and sport, and especially footy, has given me actually a safe space to sort of be accepted in and go through that journey.”

Reinhardt says that while coming out was difficult, she feels fortunate that her family were incredibly supportive of her, which unfortunately not everybody in her position is able to experience.

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