Starwin is proud to be supporting the upcoming Australian Society of Sports History conference, commencing 30 June 2015…


For the first time in its history, the Australian Society of Sports History (ASSH) will host its biennial Sporting Traditions conference in Darwin. The conference will be held the 1st to 3rd July 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton on the Esplanade venue.

The Australian Society of Sports History was established in 1984 and is Australia and New Zealand’s pre-eminent sports history organisation. Its primary mission is to promote, stimulate and encourage discussion, study research and produce publications on sports history in Australia and New Zealand.

“Sporting Traditions XX will bring together some of the foremost thinkers and leading local, national and international historians. Our expert presenters will explore the themes of Indigenous sport, Northern Territory sport history and Asian and Australian sporting interrelations”, said organiser Matthew Stephen.

Key note presentations include:

Professor Colin Tatz, author of Obstacle Race: Aborigines in Sport, and co-author of the Aboriginal and Islander Sport Hall of Fame; ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? A reflection on Aboriginal and Islander participation in mainstream sport over the past half century.

Ted Egan, AO, former NT Administrator and founder of the Steve Abala Role Model Awards: ‘Old Venues – Their History: Their Personalities’. The places, events and people that have made Territory sport what it is today.

Rachael Miyung Joo, from Middlebury College, Vermont, USA, author of Transnational Sport: Gender, Media, and Global Korea: ‘Transnational Asian Sport and Australian Multiculturalism’ An exploration of the relationship between global sport and race in 21st century Australia.

Other conference presentations explore issues as diverse as overland cyclist, colonial cricket, AFL race vilification rules, Northern Territory women’s sports, the AFLNT’s foundations clubs centenary, the rise and fall of the Arafura games, the role of sport in deflecting youth from suicide, sport statues, rugby league and much more.

For those who know that too much sport is never enough Sporting Traditions XX is an opportunity to hear and learn from people who not only share their passion for sport but research and write about it to understand and interpret what it tells us about societies past and present.

Registrations for the conference remain open until the 30th June. More information available at:

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