Racism and sexism continue to plague Australian sporting codes despite multiple reviews, diversity policies and courageous outspoken sports people. Ellen van Neerven explains the impasse to Sian Cain.
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Ellen van Neerven is a writer of Mununjali Yugambeh and Dutch heritage. van Neerven's first book, Heat and Light, won the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers’ Prize. They are the author of two poetry collections: Comfort Food, and Throat, which won the Kenneth Slessor Prize, the Multicultural NSW Award and Book of the Year in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.
Sian Cain is deputy culture editor for Guardian Australia. She is a former literary journalist at the Guardian in London and has interviewed the likes of George Saunders, Neil Gaiman and Sally Rooney. She also previously worked at CNN and the ABC. She has judged the Gordon Burn prize and the Royal Society of Literature's Encore award.