Like a Girl – women in sport

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Like A Girl. Does the current state of play in women’s sport reflect our diversity?

Sweat Like a Girl, Play Like A Girl, Run Like A Girl, Surf Like a Girl, Ride Like a Girl.

“Like a Girl” may have its roots as a schoolyard insult, but it has evolved to become a uniting statement of ownership and empowerment for women in sport, worldwide.

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Join us to celebrate Midsumma and hear from our panel of sports professionals

Assoc. Prof. Caroline Symons, Deputy Dean, College of Sport and Exercise Science, Institute Of Sport, Exercise & Active Living (ISEAL), Victoria University

Julie Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Big V Basketball

Chyloe Kurdas, Female Development Manager, AFL Victoria

And guest chaired by Angie Greene, Founder, Stand Up Events Melbourne

We’ll discuss:

  • Homophobia and transphobia in sport and why it’s different for women.
  • What happens when the media is considerably less interested in women’s sport than men’s.
  • Does coming out affect your career as an elite athlete?
  • How sport is more than just a game and is critical to women’s place in Australian society.
  • The changes critical to achieve equality in women’s sport.


Your Midsumma She Speaks’ panel


Assoc. Prof. Caroline Symons, Deputy Dean, College of Sport and Exercise Science, Institute Of Sport, Exercise & Active Living (ISEAL), Victoria University

Caroline Symons is a senior lecturer in sport event management and ethics and social policy in sport at VU.  She is the pioneering researcher of homophobia in sport in Australia, leading the first comprehensive study to investigate the sporting experiences LGBT people in this country: Come Out To Play, which won the prestigious VicHealth Research Translation award in 2011.

This was followed in 2014 with a Beyondblue funded study of the sporting and physical education experiences of same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people (14-22), and the impact of homophobia on the mental health of these young people (Equal Play).

Caroline was a member of the expert academic panel advising on the first international study on homophobia in sport: Out on the Fields (2015). All of these research projects have informed policy to promote the inclusion of LGBT people in sport. Caroline has also researched teenage girls sport and physical activity, women in sport more broadly and has written extensively on the history and progress of LGBTQ sports people.

She is an authority in the area of gender, sexuality and sport studies and has been a recipient of a number of research awards in this field including the national sport history prize for her book, The Gay Games: A history (2011)


Julie Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Big V B –  Basketball

Julie has competed as an athlete, coach, official, coaching director in sport in Basketball and Football (Soccer) at a local, state, national and international level. She continues to compete in Basketball at the World Masters, Australian Masters and other Master events having won a number of medals with our team.

Julie has an extensive background in sports management as well as coaching with recent roles as High Performance Manager at Softball Australia, Executive Officer at Softball South Australia, Executive Officer at Football Federation South Australia (women’s) and most recently the Community Coaching Manager at Football Federation Victoria.


Chyloe Kurdas, Female Development Manager, AFL Victoria

Chyloe’s current role is responsible for developing and managing the evolution of female participation within Australia’s most popular sport, Australian football. Her work seeks to redress the sport’s historical gender imbalance and focuses on all areas of the game, including playing, coaching, umpiring, administration, volunteering, and fan development, at both the community and elite levels of the game. Chyloe’s work is to ensure that the football community and culture is safe, supportive and inclusive for all women and girls.


Meet our guest panel chair

Angie Greene, Founder, Stand Up Events Melbourne

Stand Up Events supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities throughout Victoria in an effort to raise awareness for sexual and gender equality and challenge hetero-normative thinking and behaviour in our society and our sporting culture.



6pm for a 6.30pm start



Francesca’s Bar

222 High Street Northcote

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Cost: $25,  $20 Concession  and  $15 Globe members

Your ticket includes nibblies,  a welcome drink and entry into door prize.

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Please note, whilst every care is taken, the above dates may be subject to change without notice due to availability of speakers and venues.