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It was our grand final in netball we had to win this last game to make it to nationals, it was the game we had all been waiting for and most of the team relying on me the ‘goal shooter’. Pumped ready to start the game with an adrenaline rush rushing through my body, I was ready I was ready to win this game. Until that is when the reff does his usual uniform check I was fine no jewellery no long nails hair was tied back and then he asks a question, words that I thought would never come out of a reffs mouth was ‘are you pregnant?’ at that exact moment the only words coming out of my mouth were ‘are you serious?’ Although the umpire was just doing what he had to do I still didn’t believe that it was true so I did some further research myself and found that yes it was true, pregnant women are not allowed to participate in sport, as it says in the rule book page 22 section 5. I believe that this is a form of discrimination. Women should have the choice to participate in sports, whether or not they are pregnant.
Written by: Emily Ottelli

Letter to the editor:
Dear Emily,
I am astonished to see what I’m seeing. I’m disgusted by the rules which describe that pregnant women are not to compete in sports. Even though it has been proven by doctors that it does no harm to the woman or her baby to participate in sporting events, it is actually better for health side of things to keep fit during pregnancy. I believe that it is up to the pregnant lady to choose whether she would continue playing a sport or stop, but that option should be up to her not be forced on by rules.
Sincerely
Anna Burgs.

FOR * Pregnant women should be able to participate in sports if they feel that they are able to. * The rules should be changed. * It was unfair how the lady whose name was ‘unknown’ was unable to compete in her grand final due…...

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