British Swimming has launched Pride in Water – a new network that aims to enhance the support, visibility and engagement of the LGBT+ community within the aquatic disciplines.
The group aims to offer a support network for the LGBT+ community and allies across the sports from club to elite level. The primary aim of Pride in Water is to create a safe space for LGBT+ members and allies alike to connect with other similar people across the sports and further support members to be themselves.
British Swimming CEO Jack Buckner and Board Director Adele Stach-Kevitz said: "We are proud that British Swimming is able to launch Pride in Water, as part of our continual improvement towards advancing support, inclusivity and engagement for all in aquatic sports.”
The network also has the backing of five-time Olympian and multiple world champion Mark Foster.
"I am really proud to support this initiative. I think it's really important for our sport and our athletes to have an environment in which they can feel totally comfortable with who they are, and have role models around them," he said.
"I know for me as a swimmer, this would have been helpful, and I hope it can help in nurturing athletes and champions of the future."
The group has been set up by British Swimming Performance Lifestyle Advisor Josh Rudd. "I hope the group will act as a support network for the LGBT+ community and allies across the sports, from club to elite level, alongside communicating and celebrating work within the sports loved by so many,” he said.