More than half of the staff involved in broadcasting the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) World Ultimate and Club Championships (WUCC) in Cincinnati this summer will be female, it has been revealed.
The lead commentators for the event due to take place between July 14 and 21 will include two women, Emi Fitzgerald and Hannah Pendlebury.
Their inclusion comes of Fitzgerald and Pendlebury comes less than year after the departure of WFDF director of global communications Rob McLeod following tweets he posted on the subject of gender issues.
McLeod posted from his personal Twitter account after the WFDF were criticised for failing to hire a female commentator for coverage of the World Games.
A petition was set-up calling for the removal of McLeod with more than 1,000 people signing.
One tweet referenced "not living in a patriarchy".
According to the petition, he also tweeted about a YouTube video described as an "anti-feminist".
Thrilled to be part of such a talented commentary team at Worlds! Can’t wait!! https://t.co/O1WRc8LTcz— Emi FitzGerald (@emifitz) April 10, 2018
"For the first time at perhaps any World Championship event - in any sport involving both men and women - the on‐air commentators and the production and technical staff will be comprised of more than 50 percent female professionals," WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch said.
"Stay tuned for more important announcements about our additional coverage and distribution partners."
Last month it had been announced that the Fulcrum Media Group has been named the official production coverage provider for the event, the premier club championship event for ultimate,
More than 3,500 athletes on 128 teams from 36 countries are competing and, for the first time, WUCC will have a team gender balance, with 40 teams each in the men’s and women’s division and 48 mixed gender teams.
"We’ve hired the best and the brightest, with an emphasis on storytelling and audience engagement," said Tim Rockwood, executive producer for the WUCC broadcasts, said.
"In addition, we are privileged to have four seasoned ultimate veterans competing or coaching at Worlds who will join us in the booth for commentary: Chuck Kindred, GeeGee Morrison, Qxhna Titcomb, and Robyn Wiseman."