This year has been full of unforeseen changes and challenges but also some fresh and adaptive approaches to continue things we are all passionate about. For me, this includes continuing to promote skateboarding as both an increasingly inclusive activity and valuable field of research. This April I am delighted to announce that I will be joining The Sport and Gender Equity (SAGE) Network at Griffith University. SAGE was launched by Professor Simone Fullagar with the integral contributions of Research Seminars Convener Dr Adele Pavlidis at the beginning of April 2020 online. SAGE involves a range of research projects and researchers. The purpose of the research hub is to lead innovative and impactful research that advances gender equity in sport through a multi-disciplinary research hub connecting scholars, practitioners, athletes and advocates.
As an Affiliate Member of SAGE, the network offers me a valuable new avenue to highlight to academic audiences, policy makers and more the social significance of skateboarding as a lifestyle and action sport, unique culture and platform for social change. It is also an opportunity to promote qualitative research on skateboarding and developing further skills to co-write and fund more events featuring First Nations, Women, Non Binary and other genders, Refugee & Diasporas perspectives.
Read more on the SAGE Website Equity in Skateboarding page here.*
Read more about the 2019 Public Lecture and workshop event ‘Sport, Racism and Genders: Moving Together Beyond Binaries’ here.
*Note some of my earlier journalism articles for Yeah Girl Media on First Nations Apache Skateboards Team member Di’orr Greenwood, Action Sports and Skateboarding Agent Yulin Olliver and Non-Binary and Womxn skaters from a Pushing Boarders Part 1 story will be added by their web team to the site soon and can also be read via links on my skateboarding info page.