Breaking down barriers in sport for Indigenous women

It’s been an amazing year for women’s sport in Australia, especially considering Australia and New Zealand will be hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup. But, sport is not accessible for all.

In 2012, only 23.3 per cent of Indigenous women played a sport, walked for fitness or leisure, or were physically active in the previous 12 months. This compares with two-thirds of non-Indigenous women.

More recent research is hard to come by according to Dr Michelle O’Shea, Senior Lecturer in Sport Management at Western Sydney University. She is part of a team conducting studies into Indigenous women’s sport and recreation. A standout finding has been the barriers these women face.

To discuss this and other facets of her research, Dr Michelle O’Shea joined The Daily. 

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