February 2024

The DISA Forum 2024 recording is now available on Vimeo and the Play by the Rules website.

Watch the video on Vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/playbytherules/disaforum24

This year the Forum was hosted on 23 January by CMSport in partnership with Play by the Rules, Pride in Sport and Tennis Australia, with 10 speakers and moderators discussing the topic “what is intersectionality and how can sport use the concept?”

The host on the day was Beau Newell, National Program Manager at Pride in Sport, who is a champion of Inclusion, an LGBTQ advocate with extensive experience in sports and a steadfast commitment to human rights.

The panel discussed topics at the forefront of the role intersectionality plays in sport, how we need to decolonise sport and break down access barriers for participants, and what results you see when you simply have a go.

Panelists included:

  • Maria Dimopoulos: a nationally and internationally recognised expert, specialising in intersectionality and inclusion. She has worked across all tiers of government, advocating for human rights and social justice informed policy responses.
  • Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli: a nationally and internationally recognised writer, researcher, lecturer and consultant in the issues of cultural diversity, gender diversity, sexual diversity, family diversity, HIV/AIDS, and social diversity in health and education, with a specific focus on adolescence and young people.
  • Teuila Reid: the Executive Director of Helping Hoops, a NFP which runs programs instilling community cohesion through the vehicle of basketball. Teuila has served community, family and sports-based groups throughout Naarm over the past 10 years.
  • Jessica Crofts: the Manager of Gender Equity at Sport and Recreation Victoria in Naarm, Jessica coordinates the Preventing Violence Through Sport Grants Program. She is an experienced trainer, researcher and project manager, with a PhD in sociology and gender studies.
  • Radmila Dyson: a driving force for positive change within the Officer City Soccer Club, Radmila emerged as a passionate advocate for female inclusion in sports after participating in a Football Victoria leadership program.
  • Jacara Egan: a proud Muthi Muthi / Gunditjmara former athlete, Coach and Mental Health Social Worker, Jacara has a passion for educating and creating culturally safe environments so all First Nations young people and their families have access to all levels of sport and mental health care.
  • Ahmed Kelly: a three-time Paralympian who has overcome many obstacles in his life. Born in Baghdad with significant disabilities in all four limbs, humanitarian Moira Kelly and her charity brought Ahmed and his brother Emmanuel to Australia for medical procedures in the early 2000s, which led Ahmed to a passion and professional career in sports.
  • Shelley Ware (Moderator): a proud Yankunytjatjara, Kokatha and Wirangu woman from Tandanya who currently lives in Naarm, Shelley is a highly regarded AFL media presenter and MC. She is also a teacher, author, curriculum writer and facilitator, passionate about embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture into the national curriculum.
  • Kate Jenkins AO: a leader who has led cultural reform and advanced diversity, inclusion and performance in Australian workplaces, sport, parliament, education and the security sector.

Read more about the #DISAforum24 on our webpage: https://www.playbytherules.net.au/got-an-issue/inclusion-and-diversity/about-disa/championing-diversity-and-inclusion-through-the-sport-media

Publications mentioned:

  • Crenshaw, Kimberlé "Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics," University of Chicago Legal Forum: Vol. 1989: Iss. 1, Article 8 - chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/uclf/vol1989/iss1/8
  • Sojourner Truth “Ain’t I a Woman” Women’s Convention, Akron, Ohio 1851
  • Diversity Council Australia “A note on language: Culturally and Racially Marginalised Women at work” 2023 - dca.org.au/a-note-on-language-culturally-and-racially-marginalised-women-at-work
  • Aileen Moreton-Robinson “Talkin’ Up to the White Woman,” Published 2000
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Human Rights Risk Assessment - humanrights.gov.au/our-work/business-and-human-rights/projects/fifa-womens-world-cup-2023-human-rights-risk-assessment