MacDonald sisters share lesson in speaking out for equality

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Brayah and Lexi MacDonald, of Murray Harbour North, are pleased to see the government’s response to their request for an equal playing field, or more specifically, to play an equal number of holes in the school provincial golf championships as the boys.

The sisters grew up playing golf and are comfortable playing a full 18-hole course. They were frustrated when the PEISAA didn’t offer the female division the chance to play a full 18-hole championship game.

The sisters shared their grievance with Island media and online. As a result the minister responsible for the Status of Women, Natalie Jameson, called for a full review of all PEISAA-sanctioned sports. The intention is to ensure fairness and equal opportunity for all students.

“We were very pleased to hear it’s not just golf that will be reviewed but all sports to make sure it is fair for girls and boys,” Brayah said.

Brayah and Lexi are also involved in wrestling through the PEISAA. “I want to recognize the courage and leadership of the student athletes who have brought this matter to light,” Ms Jameson said.

This isn’t the only positive feedback Brayah and Lexi have received over the past few weeks. They said their friends, their school principal (Luanne Inman at Montague Intermediate) and members of the boy’s golf team have been supportive as well.

I am very proud of Brayah and Lexie for voicing their concerns. They are examples of strong leaders in our community. I am also proud of both the girls and boys golf teams who came home with gold medals at provincials at Avondale.

“I am very proud of Brayah and Lexie for voicing their concerns. They are examples of strong leaders in our community. I am also proud of both the girls and boys golf teams who came home with gold medals at provincials at Avondale,” Ms Inman said.

Now that the wheels are in motion the girls say they’ve learned a lesson from the experience.

“It’s important to speak out,” Lexi said.

“When you speak out you can make a change,” Brayah added. She encourages others to do the same when they see something they feel isn’t quite right.

Brayah and Lexi are the daughters of Cory and Bethany MacDonald.

Rachel Collier, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eastern Graphic