Volume: 2 Issue: 2
In May 2003, a junior Australian Rules football league in the Melbourne suburbs banned a 13-year old footballer from playing in its competition. Not for punching an opponent, or match-fixing, or testing positive for Nandrolone. But simply because the player, Helen Taylor, is a girl. In February 2004, Miss Taylor challenged that ban in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). She won, and the tribunal’s decision may have implications for sport across Australia.1 And the Court’s arguments will be of interest to sporting organisations around the world.