Sydney Thunder take stance against racism

Hannah Darlington celebrates a dismissal with her Sydney Thunder teammates. © Getty Images

In a meeting ahead of their first match of the sixth season of the Women’s Big Bash League, Sydney Thunder decided “they would take a knee at all games in support of a global stance against racism,” the club announced on Sunday (October 25). The players came together and unanimously decided to make the gesture ahead of every game, skipper Rachael Haynes said.

“Essentially, the players have indicated they want us to take a knee in support of the stance against racism,” said Haynes. “This is a tournament that attracts international players and is viewed all over the world, and we want to show we’re absolutely committed in our stance against racism.”

Haynes also said that the side would participate in a barefoot circle ahead of the game alongside Sydney Sixers.

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Earlier, the Sydney Thunder skipper was part of a barefoot circle that involved all the team captains and the five indigenous players involved in the WBBL. The 33-year-old said she was thrilled that the Australian players were willing to come together to show their support for the Aboriginal community.

“It was really important for leaders of all teams – and the playing cohort – that we were doing something that was symbolic and sensitive to the situation. I’m really pleased we’ll do this,” said Haynes on Saturday. “I think the great thing about it is it’s another learning opportunity, to understand why we’re recognising the piece of land we’re playing on and the people it belongs to.

“I feel really positive about it, and I’m glad the competition is united in its approach.”