Women in sport and social media: Empowering and oppressive

It’s a topic that regularly rises back to the surface, returning contributor Emily Patterson details the complex relationship women in sport have with social media. Social media provides an opportunity for sportswomen to engage in self-representation, by presenting images and narratives of their choosing. However, this same exposure also allows members of the public to …

Bending the narrative: how film & TV makes women’s sport visible

Emerging Sports Writer Program participant Lauren McIntosh shares the unusual, yet valid avenue through which she was exposed to, and grew to love, women’s sport. Do you remember the first time you laced up your ballet slippers? Passed a netball? Witnessed someone execute that impossible kick? For me I remember all three. From being influenced …

It’s time to talk about periods in sport

Linda Pearce looks at a new education program from the AIS, the Female Performance and Health Initiative that addresses how periods and pregnancy impact performance. It started with a confession. A light-hearted one. Sitting with Olympic diver Anabelle Smith at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, this 35-year veteran of sportswriting admitted to a personal …