Would you play alongside or against a player who hasn’t been vaccinated?

Tim Gavel 12 October 2021 24
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All Stars for Mental Health match, hosted by Cricket ACT. Photo: Peter Norton.

As the Canberra community maps out a phased return to competitive sport, a fascinating debate is happening behind the scenes.

The directives about vaccinations for participants differ from what is taking place in many professional and international competitions.

NBL clubs have already parted ways with two players unwilling to be vaccinated. The AFL has indicated that vaccinations are the pathway out after another season disrupted by COVID.

The Victorian Government has stated that AFL players must be fully vaccinated before returning for pre-season training on 26 November.

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The NRL has also encouraged players to be vaccinated, stating that unvaccinated players could face issues with travel. In fact, there is a campaign underway, with players encouraging the wider community to be vaccinated.

While ACT sports organisations are not making COVID vaccinations mandatory to compete, there is a strong encouragement to do so.

An example is Cricket ACT. The organisation is looking at a phased return to competition on 5 November for seniors and juniors Cricket ACT. A revamped women’s first-grade competition will also begin on Sunday, 28 November. Cricket ACT has encouraged all competitors to be vaccinated.

Cricket ACT’s media release echoes statements from several other sports. It points out that vaccines are not mandatory, but Cricket ACT strongly encourages everyone who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to get their jabs to play a part in keeping our community safe.

Basketball ACT is also mapping out a phased return to competition. The summer league starts in January.

In a memo sent by Basketball ACT, members were reminded of the ACT Government Health position that vaccinations are voluntary yet highly recommended, and no public health directives have been issued requiring proof of vaccination.

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However, Basketball ACT does strongly encourage all members and the wider basketball community to become vaccinated to protect all within the basketball community and the wider public.

The organisation has also established ‘Vaxx Ambassadors’, with local basketball personalities encouraging those within the basketball community to step up and get vaccinated.

CEO David Simpson says in the lead up to the return, two free court sessions will be provided at both the Southern Cross and Belconnen Stadiums.

At this stage, Basketball ACT is not considering implementing policies requiring mandatory vaccinations before returning to the courts.

So these and other sports organisations are playing a part in keeping the community safe from the spread of COVID-19. They are doing what they can to encourage people back to organised sport.

But if you play a sport in the ACT, would you be comfortable playing with or against somebody who isn’t vaccinated, or would you place your kids in the same scenario? Judging by the vaccination take-up rates in Canberra, there’s the possibility it may not even be an issue.

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24 Responses to Would you play alongside or against a player who hasn’t been vaccinated?
Sher Bee Sher Bee 5:51 pm 18 Oct 21

No playing with anti vaxers.

Susan Williams Susan Williams 9:27 am 14 Oct 21

Yes no problem

Linda Stapleton Linda Stapleton 3:40 pm 13 Oct 21

I would prefer to know they were not covid positive than to know their vaccination status.

Justin Watson Justin Watson 1:05 pm 13 Oct 21

its likely that only 1-2% will not be vaxxed. At that point the antivaxxers are not likely to be a problem. The vaccinated will protect them from getting the virus and they'll go on believeing what they want to believe.

    Anthony Grice Anthony Grice 7:56 am 14 Oct 21

    Justin Watson they won't that's the issue. You still can carry, and pass on

Sher Bee Sher Bee 12:52 pm 13 Oct 21

Definitely matters

Cary Elliot Johnson Cary Elliot Johnson 12:31 pm 13 Oct 21

Sure would.

Henry James Henry James 10:14 am 13 Oct 21

Tim perhaps Basketball ACT conveniently didn't tell you they are are trying to push all juniors back to finish the winter season in the coming weeks. This is reckless in my view. Within the current covid context playing an indoor sport is far different to an outdoor sport such as cricket. Implying Basketball ACT is a good corporate citizen in regards to the current circumstances is a stretch at best. Some people will be in favour of returning to playing asap, whilst others won't be. I don't see the need to rush it and put young players and their families at risk.

Daniel Macgrath Daniel Macgrath 10:13 am 13 Oct 21

As long as they don’t preach the anti vax crap to me. My opinion is that they are the ones at risk and not me. Let em play

    Linda Stapleton Linda Stapleton 3:41 pm 13 Oct 21

    Daniel Macgrath or the other way around .. it goes both ways 😉

    Daniel Macgrath Daniel Macgrath 3:43 pm 13 Oct 21

    Linda Stapleton exactly.

Shayne Borger Shayne Borger 10:04 am 13 Oct 21

Its a personal choice.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 8:40 am 13 Oct 21

It wouldn’t bother me one tiny little bit.

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