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The Long Game: Women in Sport Today

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How are ideas, and our expectations, around gender and sport evolving? And how does sport inform our sense of self? Who gets to play, and who gets to win, in the field of sports?

In an outstanding new essay collection, Balancing Acts: Women in Sport, a dream-team of Australia’s finest writers, including Ellen van Neerven, Tegan Higginbotham and Nicole Hayes, wrestle with these questions and more. The essays explore the ways women and non-binary people negotiate a traditionally male-dominated space, with topics ranging from sexualisation in surf culture to marginalisation in boxing, and the vast power imbalance between athletes and coaches.

At the Wheeler Centre in June, we’ll discuss shifting perspectives and shifting goal-posts in gender and sport.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

Readings will be our bookseller at this event.

Featuring

Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning writer of Mununjali and Dutch heritage. Their books include Heat and Light, Comfort Food and Throat.

Nicole Hayes

Nicole Hayes is an award winning author and podcaster, and part of the The Outer Sanctum podcast. She has written non-fiction and fiction about footy, including The Whole of My World, a Young Adult #MeToo AFL novel; and both From the Outer: Footy Like You’ve Never Heard It (2016) and A Footy Girl... Read more

Kate Doak

Kate Doak is a freelance investigative journalist and documentary producer, who is based in Sydney, Australia. Often described as a ‘policy wonkette’ and an ‘old school newshound’ as a result of her journalistic endeavours, Kate is also highly regarded within Australian polit... Read more

Tegan Higginbotham

Tegan Higginbotham is a writer, actress and comedian.   For the past four years, she’s been a regular columnist for the Sunday Age Sport.  Tegan’s writing credits also include Open Slather (Comedy Channel), Little  Lunch (ABC), whimn.com.au, and Fernwood Magazine.   Her acting credi... Read more

Location

The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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