Ahead of the Game: Sport, Storytelling and Symbolism

The Wheeler Centre

Event Date: 
13 July 2021
Author / Presenters: 
Rana Hussain, Courtney Hagen, Joanna Lester, Kate O'Halloran, and Angela Pippos

This panel conversation originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday 1 June was postponed in response to current health advice and the restrictions on public events. 

Find out more about our response to Covid-19 here.

Australians love our sport: playing it, watching it, discussing it, and analysing it in passionate, exhaustive detail. 

To better understand the sports we love, we turn to journalists, commentators and experts who explain not only who won, but how – and why it matters. At their most powerful, sports narratives go beyond the game, to help us make sense of major social, political and personal stories. 

But whose stories are we hearing, and whose remain untold? Who holds the mic, and who is kept on the sidelines? What would it mean to approach sporting stories through a truly intersectional and inclusive feminist lens? How can we go beyond merely symbolic representation, to embrace the power of visibility?

We’ll unpack these questions and more with Outer Sanctum co-host and AFL inclusion consultant Rana Hussain; filmmaker and recipient of the 2020 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media Joanna Lester; journalist and Cricket Australia First Nations & Social Inclusion Specialist Courtney Hagen; and our host, documentary-maker and author Angela Pippos. Siren Sport co-founder and Kick Like A Girl host Kate O’Halloran will create a comprehensive match report of the conversation. 

Join us to discover how we can level the playing field for athletes, sports journalists, and fans of all genders.

This event will be Auslan interpreted. 

Presented in partnership with Women in Sports Media Forum, with support from Our Watch National Media Engagement Program and Emma Race.

The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, venue capacity is unfortunately limited. We will not be able to accommodate walk-ups or a waitlist as may have been the case in the past. Read more about our live events plan here. Check our website, follow us on social media or sign up to our e-newsletter The Wheeler Weekly for updates and any late ticket releases.