#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
Australian women's football rides high on the sporting landscape now, but that success has been one hundreds years in the making. Women footballers have tackled prejudice and hostility, but their story is also one of community, endurance and success. This panel discusses and celebrates women's football and The Matildas.
Fiona Crawford is a writer, editor, and researcher whose work spans social and environmental issues, the arts, and football. Her co-authored book, Never Say Die: The Hundred-Year Overnight Success of Australian Women’s Football, is a history of the first 100 years of women’s football in Australia.
Rae’s 44 year love affair with the beautiful game started as a 6 year old in the northern suburbs of Brisbane. With no junior girl’s league, and not allowed to play with the boys, she had to wait until the following year before playing in the inaugural Brisbane U14 Girl’s Competition. Retiring from playing in 2004, Rae travelled Australia and the world representing Queensland and Australia at Schoolgirls, Youth and Senior team level.
Dr Lee McGowan is writer, researcher and teacher at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He recently published Football Fiction: A History (2019) and co-authored Never Say Die: The Hundred Year Overnight Success of Australian Women's Football (2019). His other research interests include digital narratives and community engagement. Lee follows Glasgow Celtic and the Matildas.