The Western Bulldogs have been awarded the ‘Bravery Against Hatred Medal’ in recognition of their stand against racism earlier this year.
The award was presented to Bulldogs’ CEO Ameet Bains and Executive Director of Football Chris Grant by Dr Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission.
The Bravery Against Hatred Medal was presented in recognition of the Club’s stance in speaking out against racism and intolerance, stemming from the incident involving young forward Jamarra Ugle-Hagan earlier this season.
“Comments like what Jamarra was subjected to are extremely upsetting and cause significant hurt and harm. Racism of any kind does not belong in our game, nor in our society,” said Bulldogs’ CEO Ameet Bains.
“We will continue to make a stand and call out this behaviour, and use our voice to further educate our fans and the wider community.
“We are proud to receive the Bravery Against Hatred Medal and we thank Dr Abramovich and the Anti-Defamation Commission for seeing fit to recognise us in this way.”
The Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) has been Australia’s leading civil and rights organisation, combatting all forms of hatred as well as promoting justice for all.
“I am proud to recognise the Western Bulldogs for being a force for good and courageously speaking out against racism. This award celebrates the Club’s efforts in advancing respect, diversity and fairness, on and off the field, and for making a difference in people’s lives,” said Dr Abramovich.
“The Club understands the importance of education in pushing against injustice and has harnessed its players' powerful voice to promote positive social change and sportsmanship, and to fight strongly for what they believe in.
“Through its actions and programs, the Western Bulldogs have championed the values of pluralism, equality, and decency, and at a time when bigotry in Australia is on the rise, we need more teams to take the high moral ground, build avenues of understanding, and stand tall with conviction in turning back the tides of intolerance.
“The Western Bulldogs have blazed a trail for others to follow, and the ADC is honoured to partner up with them in making Australia a better and more inclusive country.”