In this special episode of Diversity in Aquatics during Water Safety Month NZ, I have a wonderful and thought-provoking conversation with Shauna JacksonCrabb, Program Advisor for Aquatics for YMCA in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We compare the Canadian and New Zealand perspectives on a range of topics, from COVID-19 to engagement with indigenous communities.
Shauna is an experienced aquatics professional and program manager, and offers her insight on the topic of diversity in aquatics from a Canadian perspective.
Having the unique perspective of watching from the outside as Canada has grown over the past 25 years or so, the development of diversity and inclusion has been striking. Canada still has a long way to go and much that needs to be addressed. However, I do have some pride in how far Canada has come, I often think of the Canadian model as one that New Zealand may look to in terms of diversity and inclusion.
Our discussion includes (use links to jump to a specific conversation of interest):
Shouts outs and references:
We also briefly discuss Olympic swimmer Simone Manuel