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Meet Pyper Denneman, our latest Siren Intern

Pyper Denneman is a sports media student at Charles Sturt University and will be working with us over the summer to create content and learn about the industry.

What was it about the opportunity to intern with Siren that made you want to apply for this position?

From a young age, I’ve been surrounded by sports and the general media’s coverage of sport in Australia, as a cultural phenomenon. Many would say it’s embedded into our DNA—well at least if they saw an 8 year-old me kicking an Australian rules football while commentating to myself about how I am going to dominate my opponent, they would.

Siren Sport was an exciting opportunity for me as I realised that as much as sports media interested me, I had never been fully exposed to all the sector had to offer. As I currently study a Bachelor of Sports Media with Charles Sturt University, the idea of Siren Sport as a collective of different voices, opinions, and ideologies was super appealing. Having the chance to learn from renowned women in the industry that stand for ideals in alignment with who I hope to become as a media person was one of the biggest factors in my application. It’s the ideology that sport in some-way melds into my very DNA, and that media is a way of expressing my love for sport and the sporting world. Siren is a collective that allows many people like me to express their relationship with sport—an opportunity in which I hope to fully grasp with both hands.

What are you most keen to learn while at Siren to assist with your degree and what you’d like to do in the future?

I am keen to learn more about what fuels the culture of sport in Australia and how that is changing through the strengthening of women’s voices in the media space. I want to learn how to communicate content that resonates with a multitude of people regardless of their position in society, a type of storytelling that plays on the innate sense of human nature which stems from craving the unique connection that the sporting world can provide. By exposing myself to different elements of media, I hope to find my own voice amongst the crowd and to find a niche that I am passionate about. I see myself covering sport around the world in the future and foraging for those stories that challenge traditional thinking.

What is it about women’s sports that you are passionate about?

My passion comes from playing cricket, Aussie rules, netball and softball in my early years. The feeling of the sun on my skin as I cheered for my teammates, encouraged them and let them know I was there, that I had their back is a core memory for me.I have always loved the social comradery that women’s sports drives. A sense that we too can not only achieve athleticism on par with men’s sport, but that we are women who champion each other to challenge what precedents society sets. The changemakers, quiet yet steady achievers. That is how I grew up viewing women’s sport and what drove my passion to be a part of it, regardless of being on the field or in the stands, the comradery of women’s sport knows no bounds. However, this hasn’t always been available to all women and I am lucky to have had such an experience. SoI’m passionate about the formation of an inclusive space that gives equal opportunity stemming from community sport to elite platforms. I want my view to change, not to see quiet achievers, but rather loud roars that shake stadiums in the presence of women’s sport.

What would you like to see change about women’s sports and sports media?

Moving forward I’d like to see sport reporting be about building communities of safe spaces. To effectively have more diversity in the media field  to bolster community sport engagement and hopefully allow for better  development and increase in talent pools. This will change the level of sport in Australia and position us as not only championing engagement but also championing sports development, particularly for women. My time at Siren will hopefully provide some perspective on industry attitudes of women’s sport development and further commentary on the issue.

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