Founded in 2018 as Australia's first LGBTIQ+ ice hockey club, Southern Lights is a home for people of all identities, and the recipient of the Polytan Peter Norman Inclusion Award at the 2022 VicSport Awards.
A good sport club can become a home away from home.
Teams can become extended family, and participation can help people express themselves in a meaningful way.
That's certainly been the experience for the more than 110 members of Southern Lights Ice Hockey Club.
Thanks to a culture-first attitude that values the contribution of all skill levels, strong camaraderie and several Victorian Government grants, the club is moving from strength to strength in the IceHQ Beer League and modelling best practices for inclusivity in sport.