Tackling the sport of men.
The 2016 Deakin University David Parkin Oration for Sport and Social Change will be delivered by Caroline Wilson, one of Australia’s most recognisable female sporting personalities. This distinguished annual Oration honours the significant contribution of Dr David Parkin OAM to Australian society in sport, leadership and education.
In the 35 years since Caroline Wilson has been covering football, the game has changed. Once a male domain, Caroline has played a key part in bridging the gap and breaking down barriers, proving women can win, not just play, in a man’s world.
The David Parkin Oration is a free public event that looks to promote the advancement of public knowledge by exploring the challenges and opportunities for sport to act as a driver of social change. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Caroline as she reflects on her journey sharing her triumphs and tribulations that have led to social change in a male arena.
Date: Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Time: 6.00 pm – 7.15 pm
Location: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne
Caroline Wilson has been Chief Football Writer for The Age since 1999, she is also a panellist on 3AW, Channel 9’s Footy Classified and ABC’s Offsiders. She was the first woman to cover Australian Rules Football on a full-time basis and the first woman to win the AFL's gold media award. In 2010 Caroline received the Australian Sports Commission Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also won multiple Australian football media and Quill awards, two Walkley awards and in 2014 won the Graham Perkin award for Australian Journalist of the Year.
Establishment of the Deakin University David Parkin Oration for Sport and Social Change:
Dr David Parkin OAM is a football legend and great advocate for leadership. A sports industry mentor, he highlights and drives transferable sporting leadership skills into the corporate sector and everyday life. Parkin is renowned for the development of Deakin’s Sport Coaching course, the first of its kind in Australia, affirming his commitment to sport and education.
The David Parkin Oration for Sport and Social Change was established by the Deakin University Council in 2012 as a public lecture to be delivered annually by an eminent person within the industry.
Past Orators include:
2013 – Mr Andrew Demetriou
2014 – Mr Kevin Sheedy AM
2015 – Hon Jeff Kennett AC