Australian rugby champion Sharni Williams has won Pride in Sport’s Out Role Model Award for her work in making the sport more inclusive for LGBTQI people.
Rugby star Sharni Williams recognised for LGBTQI work
Rugby has always been a game where champion Sharni Williams feels the most comfortable about who she is.
But the Olympic and world cup champion’s roaring self-confidence was almost shattered after a workplace incident left her deeply unsettled.
“Sharni has never actively hidden who she is,” Williams’s wife Mel Shale told the audience at the Pride in Sports Awards.
“However, in 2019, that feeling of acceptance was threatened when she was impacted by hate speech in the workplace.”