Nova Scotia mother Laura England wants her 12-year-old daughter Hailey to change in the same dressing room with her male hockey teammates.
Hockey Canada does allow co-ed dressing rooms, but only for children aged five to 10 years old. After that age bracket, they must dress in separate change rooms, unless legal decisions are made on the basis of human rights.
The executive director of Hockey Nova Scotia claims that if the entire team is okay with co-ed change rooms at age 11 and beyond, the approach can be approved.
England told CBC News HERE that her daughter misses the camaraderie, “she misses all of that. If they’re not in the dressing room together, a lot of times this is the only time these kids see each other, because when they’re out on the ice playing a game, they don’t have time to socialize.”
Mom claims that a new group of parents have pushed for Hailey to change elsewhere.
“Since she’s been removed from the dressing room, there’s been more bickering, with them having to wait for her to get dressed or for her to leave the room so they can get dressed. None of this was an issue before.”
Mom said the kids are getting naked or showering, so nudity isn’t a problem.
Do you think it’s a good idea to allow girls to change in the same dressing room with boys when it comes to hockey and other sports?