Inclusive hockey team the Perth Pythons’ fundraising nude calendar has already proved a huge success.
Following in the footsteps of the now famous Warwick Rowers annual calendar the club produced the calendar to fight homophobia.
Team members, along with some national hockey stars got their kit off for the team’s 2018 Pride in Hockey Calendar. The calendar raises funds to combat homophobia in the sport and also show that anyone can play.
Gabi Nance, Tom Craig & Dylan Wotherspoon, all elite athletes in the Australian Hockey program and allies of the LGBTI community, also took part in the shoot.
The team decided to produce the calendar in response to a statistic from the Out on the Fields study
According to the study, conducted in 2015, eighty percent of Australians either experienced or witnessed homophobia in sport.
One of the players, Dylan Wotherspoon (pictured), spoke of his pride in supporting the team project.
“Your sexuality does not define your skill or commitment. Yet homophobia stops many LGBTI people from participating in sport,” he said.
“Sport should be inclusive for everyone.”
The Perth Python’s proudly promote inclusion in sport on their website.
Sport brings people together.
That’s why we welcome everyone from complete beginners to experienced players, all members of the LGBTI+ community and our allies.
Come be part of our growing family!
Never played hockey?
No worries. We’ll teach you.
”Played for years? Awesome – you can teach us a thing or two!
Because of the popularity of the calendar, the first print run sold out, the team told Out In Perth.
However, they quickly arranged another print run.
To see more of the team, visit their website or watch the behind-the-scenes video.
Behind the scenes of Perth Python’s nude calendar shoot
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