Discrimination. Bullying. Sexism. These are three words that barely describe the experiences of gender diversive athletes but Sport Australia have put their foot down to say 'enough is enough.'
Sport Australia have taken a stance and joined arms with the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports to launch new guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport.
But transgender athlete Hannah Mouncey fears sports can still chose to ignore them because the guidelines don't cover elite levels.
Sport Australia CEO Kate Palmer encourages all Australians to 'stand for inclusivity' and help ensure sport is a welcoming place for gender diverse people.
"Sport must be safe and inclusive for all because every Australian has the fundamental right to enjoy the wonderful benefits of sport and physical activity," Palmer said.
"It must take strong, proactive leadership to stand up against any attitudes or behaviours that lead to discrimination in sport, so I urge every sporting organisation to use this resource as a guide to make your sport more inclusive. Every single person involved in Australian sport can play an important part in being more inclusive."
Mouncey, who was involved with the consultation process, welcomed the guidelines but also raised concerns surrounding it's limitation to community level sport.
"What is considered community sport is going to vary between sports," Mouncey said.
"It'll be really good for community sport because inclusion is the starting point, but it doesn't cover elite sport at all.
"It leaves a lot out in the sense that testosterone monitoring, even at high level community sport, is important for the integrity of the competition and the protection of the athlete.
"If it's there and you've met the guidelines which are based on research then it's easy for the sport to support your participation."
Mouncey was ruled ineligible for selection in the AFLW draft despite meeting all medical requirements in 2017. She provided more than two-years worth of blood tests which showed her testosterone levels were well below the maximum level prescribed by the league.
Mouncey believes sport plays a crucial role in creating an inclusive environment for gender diverse people in society despite her grueling experience with the AFL. The 29-year-old Canberran hopes governing bodies will take on board the new national guidelines and provide opportunities for gender diverse athletes.
"Being guidelines, sports can choose to ignore them and there would be nothing stopping them from doing that," Mouncey said.
"Hopefully they won't and it just sends a message to [gender diverse] people who want to play sports but are scared to that more people are on your side than against you.
"A lot of people are scared to play sports because they see it as a really intimidating and unwelcome culture. I know personally that the opposite of that is true, the only opposition I ever met was from the executive level of the AFL.
"Sport is a very welcoming space it's just that they need to change the perception and this is part of that."