‘Racism, Sport and Genders: Moving Together and Beyond Binaries


Busy times. Including co-running the below free event. Please share and come along if you’re on the Gold Coast in Australia.

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Racism, Sport and Genders: Moving Together Beyond Binaries

Public Lecture and Workshop

Co-Convened by Dr Indigo Willing OAM and Dr Adele Pavlidis

Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research

Photo by Emy Lee. Board by The Killing Floor.

Friday 20th September – 4pm to 5pm

Registration 3.30pm

Griffith University Library G11 4.29 Gold Coast Campus

Aboriginal Land / Yugambeh and Kombumerri Nations


  • Associate Professor Sandy O’Sullivan
  • Dr Adele Pavlidis
  • Dr Laura Rodriguez Castro
  • Dr Diti Bhattacharya
  • Dr Indigo Willing OAM


The Australian Dream  

 The Mystery of Now

Griffith University acknowledges the people who are the traditional custodians of the land, pays respect to the Elders, past and present, and extends that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

More collaborative workshop than lecture, this special event will incorporate insights from various individuals working in the areas of sport, diversity and inclusion, Indigenous Studies, critical race theory and themes of intersectionality.  A small groups discussion session between speakers and attendees is also included. Public are welcome to participate in an interactive discussion of skills sharing and brainstorming to further strengthen stratergies and resources that address issues of racism in sport from women’s and non-binary individuals perspectives.

Enormous thanks to our sponsor: The Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith University, and all the collaborators/speakers (listed above), Centre Director Professor Susan Forde and Acting Director A/Prof Halim Rane, Prof Simone Fullagar plus GU event, PR and communication staff including Amy Wallace and Kim Podger. We will be looking for more funding to invite more local speakers plus interstate and overseas guests next round, next year. Fingers crossed 🙂



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Excited to be promoting amazing individuals’ stories as a contributor at Yeah Girl Media

Super stoked to join the Yeah Girl Media team of contributors in 2019. Stories will include features on various people, issues and events in skateboarding. The next one will share some of the insights, goals and fun had by panelists and attendees from the Pushing Boarders conference. Thank you Yeah Girl founder Sarah Huston for being the most rad editor a writer could ever have! A writer might write up to 100 drafts before they are even slightly satisfied with how something looks. And, even after 100 proof reads, there will always be typos to trip you up and awkward expressions requiring a quick hug then make over to look their best 🙂

It was an honour to interview Navajo Nation skater Di’orr Greenwood of Apache Skateboards, LasChicAZ and Propel Skateboarding where she shares some of her wisdom and stoke for skateboarding. Article is now live at Yeah Girl Skateboarding with photos Linnea Bullion.  Read here

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Other articles for Yeah Girl include an interview with powerhouse agent Yulin Olliver  Photos by Sarah Huston. Both a visionary and sharply focused on outcomes, Olliver shares some of the gains she’s achieved in collaboration with the top skateboarders she represents, and where next generation skateboarders might see their own careers heading in the future. Real Talk. Real Change! Read here

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People, thoughts, passionate skaters in Huck by Hannah Bailey

Screen Shot 2019-08-30 at 10.59.47 amWas such a sincere and deep learning experience. May the many brave conversations and acts skaters were pushing forward at the conference continue to be supported 🛹❤️

Some words by skaters and photography by Hannah Bailey from Neon Stash here

And yes, I always hug my skateboard like a teddy bear when I’m nervous and feel like a bit doofus amongst people way cooler, smarter and better at skating than me, which is often, if not always. Thanks Pushing Boarders for being so welcoming.

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Thank you Griffith University News

Thank you Griffith University News for supporting research on contemporary cultures and issues such as skateboarding.  Article about my trip to be a part of the Pushing Boarders conference 15-18th August 2019 in Malmo, Sweden hosted by Reverb Skateboarding, Skate Pal, Skateism, Long Live South Bank, Skate Malmo, Bryggeriet Skate Park and High School and many wonderful, hard working others.

Full article here

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Skateism Interview with Sander Hölsgens

Girls Skate Brisbane co-founders Indi, Evie and Tora

Girls Skate Brisbane Team: Indi, Evie and Tora

An article on opening gates rather than gate keeping in youth scenes and subcultures – with a special focus on skateboarding. Thank you Sander for your integrity, care for real things and dedication to bridging academia and skateboarding, and Skateism for being the magazine we all needed to read when growing up.

Always stoked by the positive changes in any scene and being able to do sociological research on things that change lives, like skateboarding can. And just a little stoked to probably be the first sociologist to be interviewed in a camo-bucket hat – very Aussie 🙂

Shout out: Skateism, Pushing Boarders and their collaborators, Girls Skate Brisbane, Kane Stewart from The Bay Skate and numerous great individuals, many who are co-researchers and skater friends, and many mentioned in this article:-


Long live bucket hats

Long live bucket hats

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Visiting Pushing Boarders 2019

The 2019 website for the Pushing Boarders conference is now live. Well done to the organisers and all involved and feeling honoured to be invited to join the University of Skate panel talk.  The event’s aim is to share ideas and conversations on skateboarding culture and spaces for fostering positive social change and creativity. With a focus on an ethical and inclusive culture in skateboarding, all talks and events are free. Held in Malmo, Sweden 14 – 18 August 2019.

Keep up to date on the panels, events, speakers and full program at: https://www.pushingboarders.com/


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Home Page

Welcome to my website 🙂 This site was pretty much blank until June 2019 when I decided to make it ‘live’.

Here’s to connecting over great ideas and with great people. For links to my work in skateboarding, international adoption, the Asian Australian community and sociological research and academic life (including publications, volunteer work, media engagement and more in each area) visit the options in the menu.


Dr Indigo Willing – War Orphan – Refugee – Adoptee – PhD in Sociology / Researcher – Writer – Artist – Community Volunteer / Medal in the Order of Australian (OAM) / Co-founder: Girls Skate Brisbane, Adopted Vietnamese International and the Asian Australian Film Forum and Network. Based in Meanjin/Brisbane and traditional land of the Turrbal and Jagera First Nations peoples.

Dr Indigo Willing

Dr Indigo Willing OAM is a sociologist, skater and community volunteer.



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