Social inclusion of Muslim women in Australian community sport: the development of the 'burqini'
Maxwell, H, Social inclusion of Muslim women in Australian community sport: the development of the 'burqini', Diversity and Equality in Leisure, Sport and Tourism, 6-8 July, 2010, Leeds, United Kingdom, pp. 45. (2010) [Conference Extract]
The role that community sport organisations [CSOs) play in overcoming the soc ial exclusion of Muslim
women in Australia is explored. Three case studies of CSOs that value both gender equity and cultural
diversity are considered. The notion that inclusive opportunities for sports participation can provide a
forum through which to express and promote diversity leading to increased social cohesion has been
supported widely in Australian leisure policy !Australian Sports Commission. 2006: Human Rights and
Equal Opportunity Commission, 2007) and embraced by sports management academics worldwide IArai &
Pedlar, 2003: Nicholson & Hoye, 2008: Walseth & Fasting, 20041. The process of the development of social
inclusion within the CSOs was in evidence in a range of cultural, religious and gender related adaptations
which illustrated that the CSOs took a flexible approach to encouraging participation. These changes
included adaptations in uniform i.e. the introduction of the 'burqini· and the adoption of women as coaches
and managers. Muslim women in the CSOs played roles as community leaders and role models. These roles
illustrated a process of enabling and empowering occurring.