Do you think people perform better when they can be themselves?
Leo – I think people do perform better when they can be themselves as they feel supported and part of a team.
Harry – Yes, because it stops people from being self-conscious about acting the same as everyone else. This would help people perform better since they are more focused on playing the sport than focusing on not being themselves. It would help people to have better mental wellbeing as well.
What do you both think we can do to support LGBTQ+ people to not give up on their sporting dreams?
Leo – LGBTQ+ people can be supported to not give up on their sporting dreams by making sure they have support from teammates and coaches.
Harry – We can support LGBTQ+ people to not give up on their dreams in sport by making them feel welcome within the team. This can help them to stick with goalball because they know they have a supportive team who will always be there for them.
Would you both challenge someone saying hateful towards LGBTQ+ people?
Leo – I would challenge someone saying something hateful to LGBTQ+ people because no one should be treated unkindly or be discriminated against for who they are.
Harry – I would because it is wrong to discriminate someone because they are part of the LGBTQ+ community. Everyone is allowed to be who they are.
What does Rainbow Laces mean to you?
Leo – To me, Rainbow Laces means hope that more LGBTQ+ people will feel comfortable to get involved with sport and be themselves.
Harry – Rainbow Laces show me that awareness is being raised about making LGBTQ+ people feel welcome in sport. This shows change is happening to stop discrimination against people within the LGBTQ+ community.