Victorian hockey clubs donned rainbow socks and wristbands this week as part of a push to encourage teams and other sports to be more inclusive.

About 650 hockey teams of all ages joined the Fair go, sport! hockey round across the state from July 20-25.

Former Victorian hockey player and Fair go, sport! Ambassador Gus Johnston said it was important to inspire new audiences to tackle discrimination.

“We musn’t sit passive to our ideals – we must live and breathe them,” he said.

Hockey Victoria CEO Ben Hartung said the sport had a legal and moral duty to eliminate discrimination from sport.

The project, started in 2010, promotes inclusiveness for LGBTI people in the hockey code.

Hockey Victoria, Hockey Australia and the Australian Sports Commission are behind the joint initiative which is being delivered by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.


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