Balancing Acts is a collection of essays from more than 20 writers that explores women’s experiences with sport in Australia. Focusing on a critically under-represented part of Australian culture, it investigates the myriad ways non-male participants negotiate the traditionally male spectacle of athleticism. Writer Nadia Bailey, BuzzFeed reporter Gina Rushton and Underbelly Arts’ Artistic Director Roslyn Helper talk to Stephanie King about challenging the status quo of sports writing and commentary, which is dominated by male perspectives and expertise.

Nadia Bailey (Australian)

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Nadia Bailey is an author, journalist and critic. Her first book, a light-hearted but very serious Stranger Things tribute called The Book of Barb was released in 2017, followed by The World’s Best BFFs: A celebration of truly perfect friendships, an examination of notable best friends throughout history and popular culture. As a journalist and critic she’s been published in The Australian, Neighbourhood Paper and Oyster magazine, among others.

Gina Rushton (Australian)

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Gina Rushton is a reporter at BuzzFeed News where she writes about issues that affect Australian women. She previously worked as a journalist for The Australian newspaper and has been published in Meanjin and The Saturday Paper.

Roslyn Helper (Australian)

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Roslyn Helper is an artist, curator and writer, and current Director of the Sydney-based experimental arts organisation Underbelly Arts. Having completed a BA (Media and Communications) at the University of Sydney, and an MA (Arts Politics) at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Roslyn is still interested in trying to answer the question, How are our lives constructed? In her search for clues, Roslyn frequently turns to the online systems and mediated communication platforms that play a ubiquitous but significant role in shaping our everyday lives. She has presented performance works for the 15th Sydney Biennale Public Program, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Sydney Festival, Performance Space and Firstdraft as well as at independent spaces and organisations around Australia. She has chaired and participated in public panels championing emerging and experimental artists and contemporary artforms for SAMAG, Women in the Arts, Vivid Ideas, Critical Path, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Sydney Festival. Her writing has been published in The Guardian, The Lifted Brow, Art Almanac, Concrete Playground, Two Thousand, Time Out and RealTime.

Stephanie King (Australian)

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Stephanie King is a writer, performer and filmmaker from Sydney. She has written for publications including Crikey and Cordite. She was a 2015 HotHouse Monologue Award finalist, and has been a National Studio playwright. She is currently making a documentary in remote Western Australia.