Openly Gay Canadian National Team Member

  • sideout

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    Jan 18, 2014 4:52 PM GMT
    Always good to see another article like this.

    http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/spiking-down-stereotypes-240976261.html
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    Jan 18, 2014 6:32 PM GMT
    sideout saidAlways good to see another article like this.

    http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/spiking-down-stereotypes-240976261.html

    The Bisons are one of the strongest teams in the Canada West conference and in the CIS overall nationwide. He's a damn good player, I've gotten to watch when they've played the UBCO Heat (the team from my uni).

    He's not the only gay player tho - at the same time he was playing for Manitoba I knew a gay player on the UofA Golden Bears who simply wasn't entirely out yet. It's hard! Congrats to Voth and continued success coz I agree with you OP, this is very good to see
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    Jan 18, 2014 7:01 PM GMT
    It seems like a good story, but the article itself is hard to follow - reminds me of the articles I used to write for the student newspaper in my undergrad.

    Sounds like he's been out for years if he's organized an inclusive tournament for two summers, so I'm confused if the point of the article is that he has come out or that he has made the national team ....
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    Jan 18, 2014 7:08 PM GMT
    shawnathan saidIt seems like a good story, but the article itself is hard to follow - reminds me of the articles I used to write for the student newspaper in my undergrad.

    Sounds like he's been out for years if he's organized an inclusive tournament for two summers, so I'm confused if the point of the article is that he has come out or that he has made the national team ....

    Yeah. My assumption (based on the URL) is that the greater focus is on his national team status and how he shatters the gay stereotype.
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    Jan 18, 2014 7:10 PM GMT
    It's not clear to me that he shatters any stereotypes. Because he's nice?
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    Jan 18, 2014 7:11 PM GMT
    Oh, because he's tall and has a deep voice, I guess.
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    Jan 18, 2014 7:18 PM GMT
    shawnathan saidOh, because he's tall and has a deep voice, I guess.

    That, and the stereotype of being unathletic or otherwise incapable of reaching an elite level in sport. We obviously know it's not true, but a good chunk of the general public does not...
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    Jan 18, 2014 7:23 PM GMT
    Cool. Always helps to have guys show that elite athletes are sometimes gay. Every little bit helps.
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    Jan 18, 2014 7:34 PM GMT
    juvenescences said
    shawnathan saidOh, because he's tall and has a deep voice, I guess.

    That, and the stereotype of being unathletic or otherwise incapable of reaching an elite level in sport. We obviously know it's not true, but a good chunk of the general public does not...
    I think you're right. I just don't place significant value in following sports or expect athletes to be role models. Nothing against it, but my family just aren't sports people.