“It’s good but it takes time”: Hurricane Chloe Rafferty

Felicity Smith chats cricket, uniforms, lockdown training and more with Chloe Rafferty and also delves into finding belonging in sport and pay equality in cricket. Chloe Rafferty is currently in a situation familiar to most of us—under lockdown. A medium-fast, right arm bowler for the Hurricanes and the ACT Meteors, and a self-titled extrovert, Rafferty …

Alira Verity in the AM, chatting with a ‘Strong Woman’

Siren’s Deakin University Intern Felicity Smith catches up with Victoria’s Strongest Woman, Alira Verity. Verity is part of the ABC’s brand new docuseries Strong Women. Alira Verity is Victoria’s Strongest Woman—twice over. The reigning champion won first in 2018, and then again in 2019. She has competed in CrossFit competitions and is an International Australian …

Uniforms have more meaning than what we wear

Deakin University journalism student Felicity Smith looks at some recent—and not so recent—commentary on women’s sports uniforms and the control over women’s bodies. Uniforms are significant—historically so. Uniforms in sport are there to identify, to unite, to unify the player with the watcher. Athletes can use them to show pride, either in their country or …

Trad Climbing needs to stray from its traditional routes

Felicity Smith reflects on moments from rock climbing star Louise Shepherd’s ’80s trad career while looking at the changes climbing needs to make to embrace the community groove. Picture this:  You’re strapped into a harness and dangling from a tightwire.  One side of the wire is attached to a cliff, and the other is connected …