The Guernsey Sports Commission was delighted to be invited to ‘Meet the Candidates’ at the recent GDA Speed Hustings Event.
Three staff from the Commission joined a range of other charities and organisations at the event which focused on Disability and Inclusion.
‘Inclusion is one of the Commission’s eight key workstreams and so it was great to be able to inform candidates of what we are doing to try to make sport more inclusive,’ said Graham Chester, Operations Director.
‘We were able to listen to their ideas, answer their questions and generally explain what the Commission does and how important it is that we continue to have strong political support.’
The format of the event involved candidates circulating in pairs and spending 5 minutes at each organisation’s table. There was just enough time to give an overview of the challenges faced by those with disabilities and how the organisations aimed to support the community.
‘It was heartening to hear so many candidates recognising the value of sport and the contribution it makes to islanders’ health and wellbeing,’ said Graham.
‘We were able to explain how inclusion fits into every part of what we do at the Sports Commission but also describe how much more work needs to be done to ensure everyone is able to participate and compete, and fulfil their potential no matter what their background, age or level of ability.’
More than 90 candidates attended the Speed Hustings with some excellent feedback from both prospective Deputies and also those who took part.
‘This was a great opportunity to introduce the Guernsey Sports Commission to a new crop of political decision makers and hopefully ensure their continued support following on from the unanimous approval of the Active 8 Plan for Sport strategy last month.’ Said Graham.
The Guernsey Sports Commission is encouraging every candidate to show their support for sport by using #IVote4Sport as part of their campaign.