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The Outer Sanctum was started in 2016 by a group of female AFL fans, as a space to share their love of a game they’d often been excluded from. Since its debut, the podcast has become a powerful voice in the footy landscape, and a force for change, diversity and equality in the game. It’s now broadcast on ABC Radio, and has become a must-listen across both the AFLM and AFLW seasons for the hosts’ collective insights and fearless, smart analysis of the sport and its wider impacts.

On the eve of the 2020 AFLW finals series, join us for a special live recording of The Outer Sanctum at the Wheeler Centre. Expect a passionate celebration of the rise and rise of women’s sport; a discussion of the expanded 2020 AFLW competition (including the controversial conference system); a look back at the season that was; a preview of the 2020 finals – and of course, tips for who might take home the flag. 


Rana Hussain

Rana Hussain is a Diversity and Inclusion leader making important inroads into Australian sporting culture and the community at large. One of a handful of women of colour working in sports administration, Rana is a pioneer and a passionate advocate for social inclusion and reducing discrimination th... Read more

Lucy Race

After a professional life spanning communications, publishing and small business, Lucy’s passion for football led her to co-founding the award-winning ‘Outer Sanctum’ radio show and podcast. Lucy is a voracious reader, with an intensive focus on feminism and politics. She is a co-host ... Read more

Nicole Hayes

Nicole Hayes is an award winning author and podcaster and a Melbourne-based creative writing facilitator. Her second YA novel, One True Thing, won the Children’s Peace Literature Prize and is a CBCA Notable book. Her most recent YA novel, A Shadow’s Breath, is a CBCA notable book, and shortlis... Read more

Alicia Sometimes

Alicia Sometimes is an Australian poet, multi-media artist and broadcaster. She has performed her spoken word at many venues, festivals and events around the world. Her poems have been in Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Poems, Meanjin, Griffith Review, The Age and many more. She i... Read more


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