Community sport examines transgender rules

“In 2019 a number of guidelines were published by Cricket Australia, one for elite cricket and the other for community cricket,” Germon said. “The Community Cricket Guidelines require our clubs to allow players to participate in community cricket competitions in a manner consistent with their gender identity.


“That was included in the guidelines that came out in 2019. The elite are obviously aligned with the guidelines of the International Cricket Council.”

Tennis Australia has policies on the inclusion of transgender people that apply at local club and association events, school competitions and junior development series.

Players who identify as women are allowed to play as women; Players who identify as men can play as men. Gender non-binary players and players progressing through gender affirmation can play in whichever category they feel most comfortable with. Community tennis clubs may not disclose a player’s gender identity without their permission.

Golf came into the limelight when Denmark’s Mianne Bagger became the first open transition woman to play in a professional golf tournament at the Australian Open in 2004, in amateur competitions.


Football NSW, the governing body for community, amateur and semi-professional football, aims to allow participants to compete as the gender they identify with.

“Football NSW is committed to providing participants with safe, fair and inclusive sports opportunities and ensuring the rights of all participants are respected,” the statement said.

“Football NSW’s current position is to facilitate participation in football based on the gender that the person identifies with.”

Swimming NSW is awaiting instructions from Swimming Australia “about what [FINA’s] Decision means for sport in Australia from a political point of view and in a very practical sense”.

Community-level rugby league competitions have allowed participation by transgender people, with NRL officials working on a policy after the International Rugby League banned transgender athletes from competing in the upcoming Women’s World Cup.

“The NRL continuously engages with experts and stakeholders on transgender participation. Policy will be set by the Commission after all advice has been carefully considered,” said a Queensland Rugby League spokesman.

Rugby Australia has a 12-step process for transgender players wishing to compete at a community level, whereby a qualified assessment coach is appointed by the club to assess the player’s physical development, ability and experience in relation to the competition.

A Contest Director reviews the score and decides whether to accept or deny the request for an exemption. You may recommend the player for the appropriate age group or competition for that player based on the initial rating or a subsequent independent rating. The Contest Director may also refer the player requesting an exemption to a doctor appointed or designated by the union before accepting or denying the request.

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