The UNSW Village Green was a lively canvas of colors as Arc Sport welcomed participants to the Pride Cup, a fitting conclusion to Mardi Gras 2024 here at UNSW. With netball and touch football competitions underway, teams adorned in rainbow attire took to the field, ready to compete and celebrate in the inclusive environment that UNSW fosters.

In line with UNSW's commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the Pride Cup was more than just a sporting event — it embodied the university's dedication to creating a welcoming and diverse community where everyone feels respected and valued.

Pride Cup 2024 - All Welcome

All skill levels were welcomed on the field while still enjoying the competitive nature that sport has to offer. The sidelines buzzed with support as their teammates cheered on, appreciating the spirit of inclusion that permeated the event.

However, it was the fashion that took center stage as teams flaunted their rainbow-themed attire, adding a vibrant touch to the day's festivities. While competition was fierce, the focus remained on enjoying the experience and building on an already wonderful community we have here at UNSW.

The incredible rainbow team in front of the Moya Dodd Grandstand at the Village Green.

As the day came to a close, awards were presented to the best-dressed team and the victorious team (although winning isn't everything). However, the true highlight of the Pride Cup was the sense of unity and acceptance that brought everyone together, going beyond the competition and fostering that sense of belonging.

A huge shoutout to Arc Sport for their dedication to creating opportunities for students to connect, providing a safe and supportive environment and we look forward to future events that continue to uphold these values.

As Mardi Gras festivities continue with the Sydney parade tomorrow night (make sure you go!), let us reflect on the importance of embracing diversity and spreading kindness and acceptance wherever we go. The Pride Cup may have ended, but its impact will be felt long after the final whistle blows.