OFSAA Makes Changes to Gender Equity Policy
Remember the name Justine Blainey?
She made headlines in 1985 when she won the right to play on a boys' minor hockey team. Something like three years of legal action, Blainey did reach her goal of playing on a team with boys. She didn't last too long but, as she said repeatedly, her goal was to help other female athletes play at the highest level possible.
And how about Mandy Clayton, a former student
at The Woodlands School in
I remember writing several stories about her bid to compete - and she was serious about the sport and not just to get close to the opposite sex. But pushing aside numerous appeals, including an investigation by the Ontario Human Rights Commission that eventually ruled in her favour, she was still barred from wrestling for her school.
The board ruled then that "wrestling is not an activity normally engaged by girls".
Her actions eventually
forced one of largest public school boards in
It has taken some time, and pushing, but OFSAA has recently made a sweeping change to one of its policies - the one that had girls only playing on girls teams.
In the past, teenage females were only allowed to play on boys teams when a girls team did not exist. But now, if girls are successful when trying out for a boys team, they can participate even if there is a girls team at the school.
By the way, this has been happening in several
school leagues in recent years.