Meet Courtney Hagen, our inaugural participant in the Siren Emerging Sports Writer Program! We can’t wait to start working with Courtney and get to writing!
Courtney is a proud Butchulla and Gubbi Gubbi woman from the Southern Sunshine Coast region in Queensland. Courtney has been involved in community engagement roles in sport and is now passionate to take what she’s learned in that space to address the gap in media coverage of these stories.
In her application, Courtney articulated her passion not only for sport which has shaped many parts of her life through participation, coaching, officiating and working in the industry—but also for taking her experiences and passion to the media space. Adding visibility and voice to the stories that centre Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in sports.
We connected with Courtney’s goals and we’re thrilled to be able to support them through this program. Keep an eye out for her future work on Siren Sport!
Quick Q&A with Courtney
Siren: What motivated you to apply for this program?
Courtney Hagen: Being a huge fan of the collective already, I was stoked to see the opportunity offered for emerging writers! Analysing the scope of media around female and non-binary folk as athletes and sports associated people, I feel we still have a long way to go to increase representation. And instead of waiting and hoping for that channel and platform to exist, I want to create that with the support of the legends at Siren Sport.
Siren: Why are you passionate about women in sport?
CH: Sport has shaped my life in such an incredible way through forms of participation, coaching, officiating and working in the industry. The relationships, physical literacy and life skills I’ve gained through a lifetime of playing sport and being a part of the communities surrounding sport are priceless. Sport is such a large foundation of who I am and has shaped what I want to do with my life. I am so passionate about the rich history and present day successes of female and non-binary folk in sport. Every second we work to change the status quo, we inspire our young people and push for a future of equality. Being involved in a community that contributes to that inspires me every day, and I know it will continue to do so for others too!
Siren: What do you hope to achieve from this program?
CH: I hope to utilise the expertise and reach of Siren to hone in on my own skills to tell the untold and important stories of our community. By doing so, I want to create more representation of First Nations people in sports media by writing and sharing stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and non-binary folk who are part of the game in all of its facets.
Siren: What are you most excited to write about for Siren as part of this program?
CH: I’m beyond pumped to write about anything or anyone that increases intersectional representation. My aim is to create space for more voices and stories to be heard in spaces they are often ignored or disregarded.
We’re very much looking forward to working with Courtney to achieve her sports writing goals over the six weeks.