Bob Murphy and Katie Brennan On Sport and Social Change
11 November, 2016
VU Motorsport VUM
"Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does”
Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
From the birth of Australian football in 1858, to Russell Drysdale’s iconic painting The Cricketers, to Cathy Freeman’s bursting run in the 2000 Olympics, sport is undeniably a significant part of Australian history and society. But what role does sport actually play in our modern culture? Is there a purpose beyond the results each weekend?
Social change has always been entwined in some way with our major sporting codes, with issues including Indigenous reconciliation, gender and marriage equality, racism, and broader themes of social disadvantage, frequently appearing. Is sport simply a mirror for our society (for better and for worse) or can sport be a driving positive force for social progress?
Robert Murphy is the heart and soul of the Western Bulldogs. His leadership on and off the field has inspired a generation of supporters and driven the club to ultimate success. His column in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald has set the agenda for the AFL and his social leadership and advocacy has demonstrated the potential of sport as a tool for progressing Australia.
Katie Brennan is the pioneering captain of the Western Bulldogs women’s team in the newly formed AFL Women’s competition (launching in January 2017). The public interest in this new competition has been extraordinary and has come alongside dramatic changes to the women’s National Netball League, and the continued emergence of the women’s Big Bash League in the cricket.
Join this special conversation between two of Australia’s leading sports people as they explore the power of sport to drive positive social change.
This event will include Auslan interpretation.