Inclusive sport at RMIT

RMIT Sport emphasises an inclusive and accessible environment for all of our sports programs and events, working closely with Equitable Learning Services to provide sport and recreational opportunities for all students. For enquiries on accessible sport options please email socialsport@rmit.edu.au

 
 

RMIT Pride in Sport

RMIT Sport is proud to support the staff and students within our community who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning or asexual/agender (LGBTIQA+).

Reflecting the diversity of our community beyond the ‘LGBTIQA+’ label, RMIT refers to people of ‘diverse genders, sexes, and sexualities’ (DGSS).

At RMIT, building a culture of inclusion and diversity for all staff and students is one of our key organisational values. In 2016, RMIT committed to the Diversity and Inclusion framework, including six action plans, with the Diverse Genders, Sexes and Sexualities (DGSS) Action Plan as a primary organisational strategy. This Action Plan clearly articulates goals, plans and actions as well as accountability and is inclusive of anyone who plays, coaches, works, volunteers or participates in RMIT Sports projects, initiatives and events.    

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RMIT Sport works closely with the Student Wellbeing and Inclusion team to ensure our project, initiatives and events are DGSS inclusive. Whether you want to find out more about RMIT Pride in Sport events, ask about support services available for DGSS related issues or would like to speak with someone regarding homophobia/transphobia/biphobia/interphobia specific bullying, harassment and/or vilification you can contact any of the following:

Sarah McKenna (she/her), Sport Participation Officer and RMIT Pride in Sport Ambassador. sarah.mckenna@rmit.edu.au, 03 9925 9626

Riley Edwards (they/them), Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, Student Wellbeing and Inclusion. riley.edwards@rmit.edu.au, 03 9925 9274

RMIT Pride in Sport Ambassador

Sally Tanner (she/her) Manager, Sport Development & Partnerships, RMIT Sport, RMIT Student Life.

 
 

#BecauseSheCan: Female-friendly ways for students and staff to get active!

A major part of not trying new activities or getting involved in sport is the fear of being judged, or not being fit enough to start. At RMIT we want to get women moving in a safe, inclusive and fun way.

As part of our Social Sport Program open to both staff and students, we are providing the women of RMIT free opportunities throughout the semester to do just that. No matter your skill level or experience, we’re encouraging you to give it a go #becauseshecan.

Inspired by the #ThisGirlCan - Victoria campaign, with so many different options available, we want the women of RMIT to embrace physical activity in a way that suits them. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

#BecauseSheCan recommended...

Staff and students are able to participate in all of the 'social sport program' offerings, excluding the student-only 'Learn to Swim' classes. Click here to find timetable and program overview.

Activity descriptions

Get lean, toned and fit! BodyPump is a Les Mills total body workout using weights that will boost your metabolism. 

 

Zumba combines low intensity and high intensity moves for an interval style, calorie burning dance fitness party! Zumba combines all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility.

 

Our circuit style classes combine upper body, lower body and core strength exercises with high intensity cardio exercises to boost your heart rate.

 

Our yoga classes combine posture, breathing and relaxation techniques from a number of yoga disciplines to rejuvenate your body’s functions.

 

This mat-based class targets abdominal, back and shoulder areas to improve stability. It also strengthens pelvic floor and core muscles.

 

Our circuit style classes combine upper body, lower body and core strength exercises with high intensity cardio exercises to boost your heart rate.

 

Some more of our favourites...

Meet Dana

RMIT Pride in Sport Ambassador and Champion

“My name is Dana Tieman and I am currently completing a Bachelor of Business, with a major in Marketing and I’m a proud queer woman. I am passionate about sport and its inclusion within the LGBTIQIA+ community.

Alongside my studies, I have also been heavily involved with the RMIT Hockey Club since moving from NSW in 2017. From knowing no one to having a whole community on my side within months was amazing. I have also been lucky enough to be on the executive committee for the club since 2018 as secretary, now coming into my third year being involved.

I have used this executive position to advocate for the LGBTI+ community, in my opinion visibility is everything so I have been using my platform to get the Hockey Club involved in whichever way we can. From organizing pride rounds, to acknowledging days such as IDAHOBIT and Pride Week over our social media.

 
 
 

Over the past few months I have also been volunteering my time to a local not for profit organisations, Proud 2 Play, which works with making the LGBTI+ community more included within the sporting space through workshops, education sessions and events. My work within this organisation has been crucial to the development of my employable skills as well as providing a valuable insight into the benefits of when individuals are encouraged to be themselves.

To further my involvement with the RMIT community, in 2019 I managed a Hockey team to compete in the UniSport Nationals competition on the Gold Coast. Fostering a positive environment and using sport as platform for personal growth and mateship between students."

 
 
 

Meet Sarah

"Honestly, I couldn't imagine my Uni life without the Redbacks. I've made 20 new best friends, just from RMIT Sport."

Meet Sarah McCabe, RMIT University Redbacks Netball player and team manager.

 

Meet Georgia

“I decided to throw myself into doing new things and embrace all opportunities that came my way. Even though I had followed soccer for years, I had never played so I joined RMIT Football Club. The girls were super welcoming and joining the club was one of the best things I had ever done.”

Georgia Rajic has been kicking goals on and off the sports field since graduating from RMIT with a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) (Applied).

You can read her story here.

 
 

How else might I get involved?

 
  • Join our Women's Football Academy/Club
  • Join a Sport Club
  • Represent RMIT against other universities at UniSport Nationals (Students Only)
  • Get a Gym membership at one of our campus facilities
  • Go on a Trip or Tour (Students Only)
  • Support our initiatives - get involved by helping (non active)
  • Work or Volunteer with RMIT Sport
  • Join the RMIT Redbacks Community