The Game Changers

Garnet Mackinder, Anne Wafula Strike & Shruti Saujani consider racial inclusion in women’s sport

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Garnet Mackinder, Anne Wafula Strike & Shruti Saujani join Sue Anstiss to explore equality in sport.

As we fight for gender equality in sport are we doing enough to ensure our approach is intersectional? What needs to change to ensure all women feel welcome in sport from grassroots participation to elite pathways & the boardroom. 

It’s a topic that can be uncomfortable as people worry they might say the wrong thing or use the wrong language. It’s not just a matter of asking ethnically diverse women to be the experts on all things inclusion - we all need to do our own research here. 

That said, we were thrilled to welcome this expert panel this podcast who all work in the D&I space and kindly agreed to help explore this topic with some lived experiences as they shared practical recommendations to help us all make sport more inclusive.

Our four game changing guests were:

  • Garner Mackinder - an Equality Lead at Sport England who played semi-professional rugby at Exeter Chiefs and has been capped by England 7s. 
  • Anne Wafula Strike - an extraordinary para-athlete who is also an author, inspirational speaker, disability rights campaigner and powerful advocate for the less fortunate in society - passionate about equality and the right of disabled people to be heard. 
  • Shruti Saujani - Engagement Lead for ED&I at the England and Wales Cricket Board having led the ECB’s Dream Big Desi Women project. This saw Shruti and her team focussed on empowering more women in Britain from South Asian backgrounds to play cricket at all levels. 

Thank you to Sport England who support The Game Changers Podcast through the National Lottery.

Find out more about The Game Changers podcast here.

Hosted by Sue Anstiss
Produced by Sam Walker, What Goes On Media

A Fearless Women production