Bloke denied from playing womens AFL – Correct decision (Aust)

first_imgHannah Mouncey knocked back from playing 17 October 2017Family First Comment: Of course a ‘bloke’ shouldn’t be playing such a physical sport with the ‘sheilas’. Common sense. But the international Olympic Committee have confused things with decisions on weightlifters, for examples – so expect this problem to continue.THE AFL has blocked transgender athlete Hannah Mouncey from participating in the AFLW’s 2018 season.‘IT COULD GET QUITE MESSY’A leading Australian media lawyer says the AFL is in danger of being accused of discrimination for the polarising decision to deny Mouncey a spot in the league.The 190cm, 100kg ruck played eight games for Ainslie in Canberra’s women’s competition this season and kicked 17 goals — but AFLW clubs are still unsure if they will be able to recruit her through the AFLW draft.Having previously played for Australia’s men’s handball team, Mouncey began taking gender transition hormones in 2015.Melbourne-based lawyer Justin Quill on Tuesday warned the AFL it will leave itself open to a “messy” legal challenge if it denies Mouncey accreditation as a sanctioned AFLW footballer.“If they don’t it could get quite messy and quite complicated if they go the other route,” Quill told SEN’s Breakfast on Tuesday.“I think they will allow her to play. I think her levels that she’s tested at, as I understand it, you guys just talked about the IOC guidelines, she’s well, well within the testosterone levels that the IOC will allow and I think they (The AFL) will rely on that.“They will use that. I also think they will develop a policy for future cases.”He said the IOC precedent means there is little scope for the AFL to try to block her inclusion if they decide Mouncey should not be allowed to compete.“That’s going to be very difficult for them to do and that’s why I think they will allow her to play,” Quill said.“They could say, ‘She’s too big. She’s too strong. Her strength and stamina et cetera is greater’. They could try and say that, but I don’t think there really is much of a basis because if they don’t allow her to play I think there is a reasonable chance that they could be facing a legal challenge and I’m sure there are bodies out there that would support her to make such a challenge.“She would say, ‘I’ve been discriminated against because of my gender’. In the eyes of the law, she would say, ‘I’m a female and I should be allowed to play and you’re not allowing me to play and therefore I’m being discriminated against’.“That will be very much in the minds of the AFL when they make their decision.”The AFL follows International Olympic Committee rules which state an athlete must prove their testosterone count is below a certain level.It is understood Mouncey meets those requirements.Inspired by the success of the inaugural AFL Women’s season, Mouncey has previously spoken of her desire to test herself at the highest level. But she took to Twitter on Monday to decline further comment. “At the moment I am not in a position to make any comment surrounding my availability for the draft,” Mouncey wrote.“(I) will not be doing any interviews or making comment on the situation.”READ MORE: read more

Waugh says West Indies will provide realistic gauge for Australia

first_imgLONDON – Steve Waugh has warned Australia that the West Indies’ array of stroke-makers and aggressive bowlers will pose the first serious threat to the World Cup holders.Former Australia captain Waugh was impressed with the no-nonsense way his country defeated minnows Afghanistan by seven wickets in their opening match on Saturday.But the 54-year-old believes the West Indies will provide a much sterner test when they meet at Trent Bridge on Thursday.Led by flamboyant opener Chris Gayle, who thumped 50 runs off 34 balls, the West Indies wasted little time polishing off Pakistan by seven wickets after bowling them out for 105 in their first match.It was an impressive show of strength from the two-time champions, and Waugh is intrigued to see how Australia fare against one of the tournament’s most talented but unpredictable teams.The West Indies will provide a more realistic gauge on how the team are tracking, for they possess a squad full of match-winners that can dominate if they gain any sense of ascendancy in a match,” Waugh wrote in a column on the International Cricket Council’s media page.“They are the most watchable team in the tournament, with a batting line-up that can kidnap any bowling attack with brute force.“No ground is big enough when this behemoth of a batting order clicks into overdrive, but they also have a vulnerability against high-quality bowling as they tend to play one-dimensional at times.”As well as their powerful batsmen, two-time World Cup winner Waugh was also impressed by the West Indies’ pace attack, which bludgeoned Pakistan into submission with a bouncer barrage.Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas and Jason Holder proved too hot for Pakistan to handle and Waugh said: “For the first time in a long while, they have fast-bowling depth.“Every side in this tournament will be wary of playing the Windies, and I wouldn’t want to face them in a knockout match.They are the sort of team that, if they get on a roll and build some momentum, then they could win it all.”“They are the sort of team that, if they get on a roll and build some momentum, then they could win it all.” (Cricketer International)last_img read more


first_imgHave your say in the new County Donegal Heritage Plan!What actions would you like to see included in the new five-year County Donegal Heritage Plan? You have until Wednesday, December 18, 2013 to make your suggestions to Donegal County Council and the County Donegal Heritage Forum.There are a number of ways in which you can make your suggestions by post, by e-mail to [email protected], by filling in the on-line survey form at or at one of the planned public consultation meetings at St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Stranorlar (Tuesday, December 3), Donegal Education Centre, Donegal Town (Wednesday, December 4), Public Services Centre, Carndonagh (Tuesday, December 10), Donegal County Museum, Letterkenny (Wednesday, December 11) or Ionad Teampaill Chróine, Dungloe (Tuesday, December 17). All meetings start at 7 p.m. and light refreshments will be available. Donegal County Council and the County Donegal Heritage Forum in partnership with The Heritage Council are beginning the process of preparing a new heritage plan for the county and would like to hear your views on what actions should be included in the new plan.Each county is required to prepare and implement a County Heritage Plan under the National Heritage Plan. “The County Donegal Heritage Plan is a five-year strategic action plan for the county’s heritage” explained Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer. “The focus of submissions to the County Donegal Heritage Plan should be on actions that can be taken over the next five years to interpret, conserve, manage, enhance or promote County Donegal’s material heritage.As well as identifying what should be done in these challenging times for our heritage, it’s important that people indicate what they can do to help implement these strategic actions.” Under the Heritage Act (1995), heritage is defined as comprising archaeological objects, architectural heritage, fauna, flora, geology, heritage gardens/parks, heritage objects, inland waterways, landscapes, monuments, seascapes, wildlife habitats and shipwrecks.The aim of the new County Donegal Heritage Plan (2014-2019) is to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse heritage of our county and to promote its conservation, enhancement and enjoyment to present and future generations. In order to achieve this aim, the County Donegal Heritage Forum will attempt to identify about 40 actions to increase knowledge and awareness of our heritage, to promote and encourage best heritage practice, to inform decision-making as regards heritage, to promote heritage education, tourism and outreach and to encourage active participation in heritage activities. The County Donegal Heritage Forum is an advisory body to provide advice to Donegal County Council on the preparation and implementation of the County Heritage Plan and is made up of representatives from local government, local development, state agencies, educational institutions, landowner/farming representatives, community/voluntary groups and heritage organisations and groups. A review of the 2007-2013 County Donegal Heritage Plan has demonstrated that Donegal County Council, The Heritage Council, Údarás na Gaeltachta, the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and Heritage Forum partners invested over €750,000 in the implementation of 55 Heritage Plan actions. There is a growing recognition that our material heritage contributes to our culture, society and economy. It is estimated that are over 250 community groups in County Donegal have a heritage remit.The County Donegal Heritage Forum will consider all submissions in drafting the new County Donegal Heritage Plan. The Heritage Plan will be presented to the Elected Members of Donegal County Council for adoption in spring 2014. Core funding for the implementation of the County Donegal Heritage Plan will come from Donegal County Council and The Heritage Council in partnership with other Heritage Forum partners and heritage organisations and groups in the county.Ideas for, and examples of, the kind of strategic actions being sought as part of the consultation process can be found by looking at the actions outlined in existing County Heritage Plans around the country and available on The Heritage Council website at Further details about the preparation of the new County Donegal Heritage Plan are available from the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council, Station Island, Lifford on (074) 917 2576 or on the County Donegal Heritage Office website at YOU GET CHANCE FOR YOUR VIEW ON DONEGAL COUNTY HERITAGE PLAN was last modified: November 25th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County Councildonegal county heritage planlast_img read more