when we’re together, there’s power and support. belonging and safety. simply hanging out is often the beginning of something. idea sharing, problem sharing (and outfit sharing). friendship, connection, laughing, growing. everyone hanging out, finding themselves belonging in this safe space.

we are inclusive. we are kind. we are strong. we are a community.

meet generation sportsgirl & discover their stories

cartia mallan | @cartiamallan

cartia mallan is a digital creator and mental health advocate.

we asked cartia what her generation sportsgirl mantra was, and she said ‘we are just trying our best’. watch her interview below and read on for more.

there is power when we come together, what are some examples of positive change that you have seen as a result of this? 

power of the youth banding together to raise awareness about important movements going on in the world. utilising social media to let minorities voices be heard.

what is something you’re proud to be apart of?

my online community – they are all such beautiful humans which inspire, educate and fill my heart up daily.

what does a better future look like to you?

better support to people in need, more awareness to the importance of mental health issues & also just more love and acceptance to each human’s individuality.

who inspires you?

my beautiful mumma bear.

jacinta matthews | @jacintasworld

jacinta matthews is a QPOC digital creator.

we asked jacinta what her generation sportsgirl mantra was, and she said ‘we are the change’. watch her interview below and read on for more.

tell us about yourself.

i am a queer, australian born, woman of colour who grew up in the foster system; i sit below several layers of marginalised identities.

we all know that there is power when we come together, what are some examples of positive change that you have seen as a result of this?

willing to educate yourself and others, being open to all genders and identities and sometimes just listening without voicing out an opinion.

what is something you’re proud to be apart of?

the BIPOC LGBQTIA community in australia. 

what does a better future look like to you?

the representation of identity, diversity and inclusivity for people of all races, genders & orientations to succeed in a better future.

shaneiva chatfield | @shaneivaa

shaneiva chatfield is a a proud Gamilaraay woman & artist.

we asked shaneiva what her generation sportsgirl mantra was, and she said ‘we are the revolution’. watch her interview below and read on for more.

what is something you’re proud to be apart of?

i’m so proud to be a descendent of the Gamilaroi people. i come from a bloodline of warriors that have fought for our survival. their strength and wisdom runs through me, and there’s nothing i could be more proud of.

what does a better future look like to you?

i would say a future where we can all feel safe to freely be ourselves and have our voices heard. i would love to see our indigenous culture in this country being celebrated by all, and something that we can all be proud of.

who inspires you?

my ancestors and my elders are who inspire me. there are times where i feel alone and lost in what I’m doing. but when i remember what they have overcome and conquered in the battle against colonisation, it reminds me that i can truly do anything i set my mind to. i have my mob beside me and my ancestors walk beside me everyday. i am never alone.

amelia zadro | @ameliazadro

meet amelia zadro is an embodied meditation mentor.

we asked amelia what her generation sportsgirl mantra was, and she said ‘we are evolving’. watch her interview below and read on for more.

 tell us about yourself…

i’m on an adventure. i like listening to where life wants me to go next, getting to know people on the deepest level and playing different characters on different days.

what is something you’re proud to be apart of?

i’m proud to be a part of the movement of models who are working in a way that feels empowering for them. i’m also proud to be a part of helping people develop a meditation practice and connection to their inner guidance.

 

how can we support each other more?

presence and listening.

grace koh | @gracekoh_

meet grace koh, a tv presenter and digital creator.

we asked grace what her generation sportsgirl mantra was, and she said ‘we are learning!’. watch her interview below and read on for more.

what’s something you’re proud of? 

i am so proud to be a woman today. i am proud to be an Asian Australian. i am proud to be a creator. and i am proud to be a 20-something mess of a person who doesn’t really know who she is sometimes. i think i fit into a lot of different communities which can be amazing and lonely… but i’m proud to be part of each one and to be in the world and make as big of an impact as i can. whether that means i can reach a large group of people or just try to be the best person i can be for my small community and friendship circles, it makes me happy to know that i am not alone in my ambitions and identity.

What’s your better world mantra?

do your best. when i was younger and my mum would drop me off at the bus stop for school, the last thing she would always say to me before i got out of the car was “do your best”. i was always encouraged to try new things and to be okay if i failed at those things so that i could grow. i think it’s really important to do your best, be the kindest person you can be and work as hard as you possibly can in any given situation.

we all know that there is power when we come together, what are some examples of positive change that you have seen as a result of this?

the most recent experience i can think of is the COVID pandemic. as someone who spends a lot of time online, it was also so heart-warming to see how much people cared for each other with their words of encouragement and using their platforms to support each other. i was so inspired and motivated to try new things and change my perspective in the difficulty of the pandemic and i’m really grateful to the online community for being so encouraging during that time.

sophia brenn | @sophiabrenn

sophia brenn is a dance teacher & body confidence advocate.

we asked sophia what her generation sportsgirl mantra was, and she said ‘we are multi-faceted’. watch her interview below and read on for more.

tell us about yourself…

i’m sophia, i’m an interior decorating, croissant loving pisces.

there is power when we come together, what are some examples of positive change that you have seen as a result of this? 

the response and fundraising efforts from everyday people for the horrific bushfire season was incredible and really moving to watch.

what is something you’re proud to be apart of?

i’m proud to be a woman, i’m proud to see other women shattering glass ceilings and proud to be apart of the change in the modelling & advertising industry that has historically promoted one ideal of beauty.

how can we support each other more?

more empathy, more open minds and more listening!

lisa fatnowna | @lisa.fatnowna

lisa fatnowna, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth mentor for aspire to be deadly’s indigenous hockey program.

“The protests last year, I think when we all unite and really protest for something that we really want – we get results.”

we asked lisa what her generation sportsgirl mantra was, and she said ‘we are living, learning & leading’. watch her interview below.

jasmine o’neill | @jazzy_oneill

jasmine o’neill is a body confidence advocate.

we asked jasmine what her generation sportsgirl mantra was, and she said ‘we are all unique’. watch her interview below and read on for more.

what’s your mantra or word to shape a better future?

100% tolerance. tolerance improves every situation, every single time.

what is something you’re proud to be apart of?

i am very proud to be a part of fashion week this year.

how can we support each other more?

by realising we have more similarities than differences and being tolerant!  accept and value each other’s difference and opinion, its pretty simple.

cate bennett | @catebennett_

cate bennett is a 20-year-old communications student and model with a passion for thrifting.

we asked cate what her generation sportsgirl mantra was, and she said ‘we are growing’. watch her interview and read on for more below.

how can we support each other more?

the best way we can support one another is to LISTEN! listening to the needs and desires of those around us and letting these observations guide our action, is one of the best ways we can grow together and build mutually beneficial relationships.

what’s your mantra or word to shape a better future?

There is great power in your vulnerability: we all want to be understood and loved, and the best way we can achieve this is to positively and proactively communicate with those around us.

Who inspires me?

as cheesy as it founds my friends really are my biggest inspiration. i am so lucky to have a tight group of best friends that are such strong independent women, who push me to work harder on myself. we’ve been friends for years and their support and love through thick and thin i am eternally grateful for! i am inspired by their kindness and ambition in their own lives, which has inspired me to be.  

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