CMSport is a proud member of Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Alliance (DISA) and is hosting a hybrid forum in January – in partnership with Play by the RulesPride in Sport and Tennis Australia. This forum will bring together leaders from across the Australian sport sector to discuss the 2024 topic – what is intersectionality and how can sport use the concept?

Intersectionality, as a term and concept, has surged in popularity and is rapidly informing work across many industries. Like any new concept, there is often confusion around how it is used in a practical sense. Read more about Intersectionality in our latest article.

For the 2024 DISA Forum, we’ll be joined by an incredible line-up of speakers and moderators to discuss how inequality is not the outcome of individual intentions, but a result of systemic, institutional and structural barriers that need to observed and addressed. These experts from all levels of Australian sport will be sharing their experience of working across marginalised and underrepresented communities.

Hosted by Beau Newell (National Program Manager, Pride in Sport Australia) – a champion of Inclusion, an LGBTQ advocate, Beau has extensive experience in sports and a steadfast commitment to human rights.

ASC Intersectionality Framework – Panel

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.

Why Intersectionality? – Panel

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.

Additionally a Q&A with 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.

Get a ticket today!

Date: Tuesday 23 January 2024
Location: The Edge (Fed Square), Melbourne CBD
Time: 10am – 2pm AEST

In-person tickets are limited and include:

  • Smoking Ceremony
  • Morning tea (coffee and snack)
  • Networking lunch
  • Ground pass to All-Abilities day at the Australian Open

Date: Tuesday 23 January 2024
Location: Online
Time: 11am – 1pm AEST