"You can't be what you can't see" - Nova Peris Explains Tokyo 2020
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One of the stories of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games has been the strength of the First Nation’s athletes representing Australia.

Basketballer Patrick Mills carried the flag; the Matildas posed for a photo with the Aboriginal flag before their first game; and the team uniforms are adorned with Indigenous designs.

There are 16 First Nations athletes in Tokyo – a remarkable number given that only 52 First Nations athletes have represented Australia at all Olympic Games.

On this episode of Michelson Alexander Explains… Nova Peris, the first Indigenous Australian to win an Olympic gold medal joins to discuss what all organisations, including our Olympic team, can do to let First Nations people to shine.


How much has changed for First Nations athletes since 1996?

When storytellers are working with First Nations stories, what steps can they take to do so sensitively and in a way that gives subjects control?

Is Brisbane in 2032 an opportunity to drive representation on and off the field as we host these Games?

How can we help to promote Indigenous excellence in sport, and in everyday life?

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Hosts: Jack Banister, Michelson Alexander Lead Copywriter & Shannon Gill, Michelson Alexander Senior Associate
Guest: Nova Peris
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