Rooting for underdogs!
I’ve started this thread to combine 2 earlier threads (re. Joel Savary & Asher Hill; click on their names to view their respective threads) so that any pertinent news & discussion can be consolidated into this thread, starting with a recap of recent events by IFS:
A trio of skaters, Elladj Baldé, Vanessa James and Maé-Bérénice Méité, are aiming to bring more diversity to the sport of figure skating
Following the murder of George Floyd, Baldé, Mariyah Gerber, a professional figure skater, and American coach Michelle Hong started the Diversity and Inclusion Alliance, a movement that aims to make figure skating a more diverse and inclusive sport. The goal is to find resources not just for black and brown communities, but also for other under-represented minorities to encourage and enable them to get into sports such as figure skating.
Figure Skating Diversity & Inclusion Alliance: https://www.instagram.com/figureskatingdia[Vanessa James] also noted that the Diversity and Inclusion Alliance has received positive feedback from both Skate Canada and U.S. Figure Skating. “The USFS sent out an email stating it was going to put together a group to help, support, discover and increase diversity in the sport. So that is a big step … for U.S. Figure Skating to actually have a body of people trying to make an impact in this area is very nice to hear, especially within just a short time after the start of this movement.”