Last night, we were delighted to welcome professional boxer Terri Harper, to the Eco-Power Stadium, unveiling her as the new Foundation Women and Girls ambassador, alongside being part of the Rainbow Laces programme run by the Premier League, to help celebrate our Stonewall Rainbow Laces dedicated game v Stevenage FC.
Terri is the current WBA and IBO Super-Welterweight champion after winning by unanimous decision against Anna Rankin last month.
As a Doncaster girl herself, Terri was here supporting the Foundation to raise awareness of the Rainbow Laces campaign, which helps encourage LGBTQ+ acceptance.
Rainbow Laces has brought visibility to the LGBTQ+ people in sport and awareness around their experiences. Two thirds of sports fans who’ve seen the campaign believe they have a responsibility to stand in solidarity for LGBTQ+ fans of the teams and sports they follow.
Here in Doncaster, we’re using the campaign to work with our various Premier League programmes such as Primary Stars, Inspired and Kicks. Before last night’s game, Terri took part in a taster boxing session for Kicks participants in the Foundation Fitness gym, followed by Q+A sessions with both the kicks participants and the LGBTQ+ group, where she discussed and answered questions on women in sport, inclusion and resilience.
In addition to last night’s visit, we are delighted that Terri has agreed to be a Foundation Ambassador, specifically working with us to promote and support female participation across Doncaster.
Terri commented, “As a woman who is gay herself, campaigns like Rainbow Laces are hugely important to raise awareness and highlight the message that everyone should be treated equally regardless of their sex, orientation or sexuality.”
“I am proud to be the Foundation’s female ambassador and I can’t wait to be involved in projects that make a real difference in people’s lives.”
CEO of the Foundation, John Davis, spoke about having Terri as the female ambassador, “We are delighted that Terri has chosen to work as an ambassador for women’s sport.”
“It’s really important for us to provide role models for young girls across Doncaster to look up to. Terri’s journey to becoming two weight World Champion certainly provides that.”