Sheree Bekker | My PhD elevator pitch


Connecting the dots…

“Stories are data with a soul” ~ Brene Brown

Luke Batty was killed by his father on the 12th of February 2014 at junior cricket practice in Tyabb, Victoria.

Phillip Hughes died on the 27th of November 2014 after being struck by a cricket ball during an elite match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Over the course of my PhD, how many people have lost their lives in a sport setting in Australia?

More often than not, the non-fatal harm that humans experience on an everyday basis is more insidious.

Caster Semenya was subjected to gender testing, and public shaming and humiliation, for not looking like a ‘normal’ woman after the 2009 World Athletics Championships.

The Australian swimming team was embroiled in controversy about recreational drug use and bullying before the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Sally Pearson was heavily criticized in a public statement by Australia’s head athletics coach for not attending team camp just before the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Eugenie Bouchard was asked by a commentator to ‘twirl’ for the cameras at the Australian Open in 2015.

Currently, there are no openly gay athletes in the elite men’s Australian Football League.

My PhD work aims to reveal the pattern of patterns within the complex intersectional issue that is safety.

We can, and should, do more…