England’s Vitality Roses discuss importance of visibility and voices for black sportswomen

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0:24 England’s Vitality Roses decided to take a knee prior to the opening Test in New Zealand

“We wanted to do something to show our support,” Guthrie said.

“We hadn’t been on TV for a while because of COVID, so we wanted to make sure that we were sending the right messages to say that we stand for something and it’s not accepted in netball either.”

At the time, Laura Malcolm had spoken extremely powerfully about her own experiences of microaggressions she’d experienced during her life. She also candidly spoke about thoughts she had had as a young girl about wanting to change the colour of her skin.

When it came to England’s match day in New Zealand, Malcolm was one of the players who drove England’s actions as they took a stand and united on court.

That show of unity was replicated again when they played their first match back on English soil, in Loughborough against the Vitality Netball Superleague All Stars.

“We knew that it was a moment where we had to make sure that we used our voices as players to represent something that was important to us,” Malcolm said about taking a knee in New Zealand.

“There was really no question as to whether we were going to do it or not, it was more about when we were going to do it. For me personally, it was an incredibly powerful moment. It felt powerful in our huddle. I’m really happy that we did.”

The Sky Sports documentary ‘Netball: Black Roses’ is now available to watch On Demand via Sky and NOW TV.

Sourse: skysports.com

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