Ideas for a brighter future for all

For Griffith University's A Better Future For All series, in partnership with HOTA, Home of the Arts, Kerry O'Brien welcomed celebrated women in sport Emma McKeon AM and Kathryn Harby-Williams AM. 

Kerry O’Brien welcomed a panel of extraordinary women in the sporting world to discuss the positive social change occurring in this space.

From the surge in interest from spectators and participants alike, to the narrowing gender pay gap, women’s sports have received a much-needed boost thanks to the tireless work of advocates such as Emma and Kathryn.

Join Kerry and the panel in a not-to-be-missed conversation on their journeys to advance women in sport, and the road ahead to achieve true gender parity. 

Emma McKeon AM

Emma is one of the world’s best swimmers winning more than 40 medals and setting numerous World and Commonwealth Games Records since she began competing for Australia. She made history at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics becoming the most decorated Australian Olympian ever with a combined five gold, two silver, and four bronze medals – 11 medals in total. Emma has become the most successful Australian athlete at a single Olympics, and the only female in the world, across all sports, to win seven medals at one Olympics.

In addition to her swimming, Emma recently completed a Bachelor of Public Health at Griffith University complementing her passion in global health issues. Following on from her studies Emma is a UNICEF supporter.

Kathryn Harby-Williams AM 

As a player, Kathryn has done it all: 95 caps for the Diamonds, two Commonwealth Games gold medals, two world championships, national team captain, International Player of the Year, and Australian Netball Hall of Fame inductee. During her playing career Kathryn also held the role of Commercial Manager for the Adelaide Football Club. Following her retirement Kathryn moved into sports media, commentating for Sky Sports NZ and Fox Sports Australia, and held positions as Netball Australia Board Member and as an Executive member of the Commonwealth Games Team.

A prominent advocate for player rights, Kathryn was appointed as CEO of the ANPA  (Australian Netball Players‘ Association) where she was involved in the challenging player payment reduction process due to the COVID shut down, and the landmark deal between Netball Australia, Super Netball clubs, and the players the following year, which significantly increased athlete pay, improved conditions, and increased sustainability of the sport. 


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Tuesday 19 April 2022

7.15 pm AEST

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