Ethically Speaking: Sporting Ethics
Sometimes it can feel that we hold our sporting stars to unreasonable standards. After all, if they can kick a ball or run and generally behave themselves in the sporting arena shouldn’t that be the only code of practice that matters? But sports stories in the news are as often about appropriate behaviour outside the sport as they are about medals and premierships.
Chaired by sporting journalist Angela Pippos, our panel of experts - featuring Gerard Whateley, Lisa Forrest and Joel Bowden - tackles the knotty issues of ethics in contemporary sport: touching subjects such as Melbourne Storm’s violation of the rugby salary cap, performance enhancing drugs, sex and race discrimination, and media responsibility. Clearly, it’s all much more than a game.
Angela is an award-winning journalist, presenter, documentary-maker, author and MC.
Her most recent documentary, The Record, follows Australia’s dramatic Women’s T20 World Cup campaign and the audacious bid to fill the MCG for the final on International Women’s Day 2020. The two-part documentary premiered globally on Amazon Prime in March 2021, and had a secondary release on ABC TV. Angela co-wrote and co-produced the film. Her next documentary idea is bubbling away.
Angela is a co-host on Broad Radio - a live-streamed radio show by and for women.
She also writes regular columns about sport and culture for a number of publications and is a tireless campaigner for gender equality in sport and society. In fact, her most recent book, Breaking The Mould – Taking a Hammer to Sexism in Sport made the Grattan Institute’s ‘Prime Minister’s Summer Reading list’, The Australia Institute’s ‘Essential Reading List’ and is on its third reprint.
Angela is a proud ambassador of the Adelaide Crows.
Gerard Whateley is a broadcaster with ABC Radio Sport fronting the AFL and horse-racing coverage. He is an award-winning journalist who has worked at the Herald Sun and Channel Ten.
Lisa Forrest is a TV and radio broadcaster, actress and writer.
Joel Bowden played for the Richmond Tigers and has been president of the AFL Players Association.