Congratulations to Michael Whan (Chair) LPGA, Athletes, Coaches and LET Touring Professional Mianne Bagger.
A huge thank-you to Michael for his leadership and the LPGA community for their courage and commitment to facilitate greater awareness and social change, that is dynamically occurring in international sport around the world on how we as a ONE society TOGETHER understanding our individual diversities, cultural, social and physical differences which embraces each one of us. Understanding as a global society, we have way more in common then we do difference. No matter the colour of ones skin, culture, sexuality, gender and or physical needs, that each one of us is unique and special. As today, was yet another example by many around the world in our global system taking steps to removing the boxes and stereotypes that divide us as a society and taking a moment to understand and appreciate each person(s) diversity – as each one of us has a story, no greater or less than anyone else as part of the greater NORMAL.
The LPGA recognizes they are not alone, but has become part of a greater family today within international sport, committed to sport and greater social inclusion. Moreover understanding the power of sport off the playing field, on how far reaching it can be to bring greater social awareness and change effecting millions of lives so positively around the world.
WELCOME LPGA TO THE GLOBAL TEAM!
One other comment I feel is fitting personally, as I would like to dedicate this moment to game of golf’s pioneer, Ms. Mianne Bagger. Who since 2002, courageously on her own stepped into the world of professional golf as the pioneer on her own with no support. With absolute grace, composure, professionalism and leadership, Mianne has brought great understanding and embrace, bring change to policy in (4) of the (5) professional tours since she became a professional. Through Mianne’s career, she has educated and created a language where athletes around the game of golf, other professional sports as well sport international leaders, embrace her for what she has done and given of herself to the game of golf and international sport, to drive social change on how we understand diversity.
There are few people I know or have met like her in my lifetime. A true champion in every respect, recognizing here accomplishments and legacy to the game of golf will one be her great game play on the course, but as well off the course, the lasting effects and greatest contribution will be the laying of the foundation for young athletes that come behind her, that their individual diversity will not prevent them from seeking their dreams and participating in the game of golf or any other sport.
Janice Moodie LPGA Tour player said in a Golf Digest Interview on December 1st, proceeding the vote;
“The girl on the Ladies European Tour [Mianne Bagger] is really nice, and I don’t think there seems to be an issue over there,”
Mianne, has been a courageous face and professional for the game of golf at every level around the world, carrying and respecting the game she so passionately loves and those within it, and continues to play as a touring professional.
I am honored to know her, and to work with her professionally and continue to bring greater education, language and universal awareness around diversity in international sport around the world.
Brilliants in sport occurs in many ways – and this is on of those moments. Congratulations and thank-you ALL for your courage, expertise and commitment to social ethics and inclusion, and a sports system that properly reflects our dynamic, diverse and ever changing global society.
Canadian High Performance Track Cyclist