Addressing the gender gap in Adelaide’s music scene

By Sam Bradbrook.

Image Source: The Age

As the Australian music scene grows and evolves it is yet to solve its decades-old problem with gender equality.

Falls Festival is the latest institution to come under fire, after revealing a line-up that only included 11 women out of 100-plus artists.

It is a national trend that stretches down to local, city-based music scenes, and Adelaide is unfortunately no different.

Cassie Molnar is a female artist looking to make her way through the industry. She says her and her peers work in constant doubt.

“It’s a bit scary to see, you work hard but then you look and think there’s so few women making it,” Ms Molnar said.

“A lot of the gigs are friends helping friends, so that’s not the problem, but there are definitely less women than men.

“It [Falls Festival] has been playing on my mind, I don’t know if it’s financial, they don’t think females can sell enough tickets, but it’s worrying.”

According to Triple J’s Hack, festival line-ups in Australia have an average male representation rate of 68 per cent.

This is nearly triple the representation rate of females, which was listed at 23 per cent, with mix-gendered acts accounting for the remaining 9 per cent.

Secret Sounds, the promoters behind Falls Festival and Splendour in the Grass have a particularly poor record.

The 2016 iteration of both festivals had 68 per cent and 74 per cent male representation respectively.

Music SA is the institution tasked with nurturing music talent in South Australia; they run several initiatives to get more females involved in the industry.

This includes scholarship programs to female artists and 2018’s female only Girls to the Front program.

General Manager Lisa Bishop says that Girls to the Front will allow females learning music to flourish without the chance of males dominating the classroom.

“You find a lot in music classes that the boys go straight for the guitars and drums and the girls sit back,” Ms Bishop said.

“Everyone needs to address the gender gap… it’s not just industry but families need to change how they teach their children music.

“Girls are regularly encouraged to play the piano and explore pop music while males feel more comfortable exploring more genres.”

An APRA-AMCOS report in gender diversity found that 22 per cent of their membership is female, despite 45 per cent of recent music graduates being female.

Adelaide progressive metal band Cobra are one group leading the charge for gender equality in Adelaide with their gig GRL PWR.

GRL PWR was held on the 20th of October and featured a 75 per cent female line-up along with a range of LGBT acts from around the state.

Cobra drummer Jonty Czuchwicki said that males in the industry need to lead from the front to reach gender equality.

“We need an industry model where this is the norm and booking female and queer artists isn’t something that needs to be thought,” Mr Czuchwicki said.

“Everyone needs to have their voice heard; creativity and art can only progress so far if explored through a limiting lens.

“Not to mention the unethical, immoral and oppressive way that minorities are treated and exploited in a system that is dominated by men.”

Secret Sounds were approached for comment but did not respond.

Arts and Culture Lifestyle

The Toughest Competition Is Still Internal For Gay Women

Image Source: Australian Olympic Committee

By Christopher Dastoor.

Gay women still face mental obstacles when it comes to playing sport, as the battle for social acceptance and equality continues.

Retired hockey player De-Anne Gilbert’s career started at age 16 when she made the Adelaide Suns in 2002, followed by the Hockeyroos development squad in 2005.

Gilbert received a scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport, moved to Perth and was selected into the 2006 Women’s Hockey World Cup squad.

“I played football in primary school, but women’s football in those days wasn’t recognised, so I played hockey and took up a career in that,” Gilbert said.

Gilbert was the reserve goalkeeper in the 2006 tournament, where they lost to the Dutch in the final, finishing with a silver medal.

After retiring from hockey in 2013, Gilbert made selections for the SANFL, but missed the opportunity due to injury and instead played for the Greenacres Football Club.

“One of my teammates from primary school ended up playing for a junior boys’ team and copped a lot of criticism,” Gilbert said.

“There were quite a few parents who were concerned about the boys not being able to tackle her and it caused drama.”

This type of tension, created purely for being a woman playing sport, made Gilbert feel her sexuality wouldn’t be accepted either.

“I created some of the stigma because I knew being gay wasn’t considered normal, so I shut myself off, didn’t talk to people and alienated myself,” Gilbert said.

In her experience, Gilbert said the environment playing sports was different because it was sympathetic.

Inside those clubs, many women in the same position had gone through those struggles and shared experiences.

“They were pretty proud of who they were and supported me when I was living in Perth,” Gilbert said.

“It was a difficult transition for me, because I had this pre-conceived idea of what some of the people in the community thought about people like me.”

“My biggest fear was losing my family, because I had heard a lot of people lost their families after coming out.”

Molly Nichols-Pavy played basketball at state level under-14s, and was a two-time state title winner in BMX, reaching ninth in the world for under-16s girls BMX racing.

Nichols-Pavy grew up in Cudlee Creek, a small town in the hills, with a male-dominated social group that suited her self-described tomboy personality.

Currently, Nichols-Pavy plays Aussie rules football and has won the best and fairest at her club.

“I was an athletic kid, all I ever did was play sport with the boys and I loved it,” Nichols-Pavy said.

Nichols-Pavy said she never thought about her sexuality until she was a teenager, when certain personal traits were acknowledged by others.

“I was training at the velodrome and a coach made the comment ‘I like kissing girls too’ and it just rattled me,” Nichols-Pavy said.

“I didn’t even understand I looked gay and for him to say it was very confronting, he said it in front of everybody and I didn’t know what it meant.”

Nichols-Pavy said having female athletes prominent in schools and junior programs, like male athletes currently are, helps significantly.

“When I was a kid and I met female athletes, it really inspired me because it makes you think it’s a thing you can do,” Nichols-Pavy said.

Nichols-Pavy’s advice is that you can’t suppress your sexuality, so it’s important to keep enjoying your sports and find the right people to talk to.

Gilbert said the advice she would give to a young person in her position is to follow your dreams.

“What helped me through was I stuck to my dreams and stuck to my goals, playing sport was time for me to be free,” Gilbert said.

“It took me away from my problems, it gave me something to look forward to and work for.”

“I would encourage to stick it out and kill negative people with kindness or just move elsewhere because this sort of stuff is starting to thin out,” Nichols-Pavy said.

Community Lifestyle Mental Health Sport

Why romance truly is dead?

Image Source: Huffington Post

By Lucy Rutherford.

“Wait, what guy is that again?” my best friend asked me with a confused look on her face as I opened Tinder to show her a photo of my latest love interest, who two weeks later I would not even be able to remember the name of. Despite what you might be thinking, I am not some elite charmer of the male species. I am completely and entirely single, but I have had just had so many ‘something turned nothings’ that my erratic dating record has become near impossible to keep track of. After a slew of bad first Tinder dates, one of which included a guy telling me about his ‘completely unwarranted’ restraining order on his ex-girlfriend, I had just about given up on the whole idea of modern day dating completely.

So why does the millennial generation suck so much at dating? I couldn’t help but wonder after a lengthy phone call from my best friend after her second date of the day. She was telling me how they had got into a heated discussion over dinner as to why our generation struggles with commitment. Her date, Jamie believes we are now amidst a generation where, “girls want to experience everything and then only settle down when they’re 29-30.” Although his statement was slightly sexist and disregarded men in the equation completely, I could still see some truth to what he said. After some research, I found the number of women without partners in their 30s has almost doubled since 1986. Although there is nothing wrong with settling down at a young age and I have many friends in happy relationships that have done so, it seems the majority of women are choosing to put love on the backburner and focus on personal and career aspirations instead.

Since the astronomical success of Tinder launching in 2013, and its controversial approach of swiping left or right to someone purely based on looks and geographical proximity, there has been an outbreak of dating apps hitting the market. Apps such as Hinge, and Coffee Meet Bagel advertise themselves as the ‘anti-Tinder’ of the online dating world, only permitting one match per day, with 24 hours to initiate a conversation. Bumble takes a different approach again, as it hands the power over to females, who are the only ones who can initiate conversation with matches. With such a diverse pool of dating apps catering to all methods and styles, it would appear the millennial generation has a greater chance of meeting someone than ever before, but in reality, it may be doing more harm than good. With social media playing such a prominent part in the lives of young adults the options seem limitless, and gives us the often-false illusion that we could be doing better than what we already have. It seems the accessibility to such a wide variety of dating portals has caused our generation to become lazy with dating. Young people have grown so accustomed to texting instead of having real conversations and stalking a crush on social media instead of getting to know the person in real life, that we’ve forgotten what it’s like to actually date.

In the How I Met Your Mother episode, ‘Mystery vs. History,’ society’s prevalence of stalking your date on social media before you meet them in real life is explored. In the episode, the audience is able to see how Ted is deterred from meeting several dates after finding out unappealing information about them online. Upon meeting Janet, he makes a deal with her to not do any prior internet research on each-other before they have their date. “It’s just you know, like, when my parents met, they didn’t have the Internet, they just went out on a blind date and fell in love,” he said. He continues, “the point is, I’d love to get to know you in person, not on my computer.” Their first date is a success, but before their second one, Ted is unable to resist temptation and looks Janet up online, finding out not only is she extremely wealthy but has several personal and career accomplishments to her name. As a result, Ted becomes very nervous and intimidated around her and Janet upon realising he has researched her, gets up and leaves. Although fictional, the storyline extrapolates quite closely into the real-world dating scene. As the title suggests, there is little mystery left in dating, and looking someone up online often results in forming biased assumptions about them before you have even gotten to know them in real life. According to Match.com, 48% of women and 38% of men say that they research someone online before they go out with them, and similar numbers say that they would bail on a date if they found out something they didn’t like.

So, with social media profiles representing a picture-perfect version of yourself, you might be lucky enough to score a date but what in this day and age does a date exactly entail? Coffee and dinner dates are now things of the past, and has been replaced with “getting drinks,” so some liquid courage can fuel the awkward silences that make up every first Tinder date. However, more often than not, the standard dating convention involves “hanging out” with a person you matched with on Tinder a few days ago and have stalked thoroughly enough on social media to feel reassured they are not a serial killer. In 2015, Australia became the top Tinder using country in the world with three and a half million Australians or 15% of our population being regular Tinder users. Being an avid uninstall and reinstall user of Tinder myself for the past three years with little success and endless frustration I couldn’t even tell you what draws me back time and time again. Maybe it is the fear of missing out on something or hearing about that one rare, successful Tinder couple and start believing that there is actually a point to this whole online dating madness.

Self-proclaimed love guru, Jane Donovan said, “Tinder’s popularity with young adults is because many 18 to 24-year olds do not know how to date.” She believes the app acts as a safety net for young people who are generally less outgoing by nature and lack confidence in the real dating world. A major selling point of the dating app is not having to fear rejection as the anonymity of Tinder means it will only match you with someone if they have swiped right to you also. When speaking to marketing executive, Marnie, who met her boyfriend on Tinder late last year, I queried what her prejudgements were of the online dating scene and whether there was a negative stigma attached to meeting someone from a dating app. “I didn’t expect to actually meet someone from Tinder. Having the reputation of being a “hook-up” app I went in with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised when I met someone I really liked,” she said. She then went on to say, “We told our parents we met through mutual friends, because it is a little embarrassing admitting you met someone through a dating app. I think online dating has been given the stigma that you’re a bit desperate and can’t meet someone the real way.”

Although all participants I interviewed were between the ages of 19 – 25, it was evident that while males and females take different approaches to the world of online dating, majority of them have tried it at some stage. This shows that the current dating culture has taken a strong pull in the direction of dating apps and casual ‘hook-ups’ compared to the old-fashioned approach of plucking up the courage to ask someone out in real life. While I found the majority of females were open-minded to going on dates, and meeting someone, the males were generally after something more casual. Frequent Tinder user, Ben said he primarily uses Tinder as a source of entertainment and for something to do when he’s bored. “I mean, if some girl really caught my attention I’d probably give her a shot, but I don’t really use it for the intention of meeting up with someone.” He believes, “most guys use it as a self-esteem booster to see how many matches they can get and then compare it with their friends.”

When considering my own thoughts on the matter, I decided it was because sex has become too easily accessible these days. Previous generations were brought up in the absence of technology and with many choosing to wait until marriage, boys actually had to put in the groundwork to win over a girl. But now in a society, where the ‘hook-up culture’ has become more dominant, boys no longer feel the need to ‘woo’ girls. We now live in a world where we have to hold our cards tightly to our chests until someone eventually folds and is labelled as being weak or emotionally attached. Don’t double text, wait varied amounts of time to reply to their message so it doesn’t seem like you don’t have a life, pretend you’re busy when you’re really not. The list of rules is endless. God forbid, we’re actually honest with the person and tell them how we feel and what we want. Dating has now become some messy, complicated game that we’re forced to play whether we want to or not. Showing any sort of affection has automatically become technologically orientated. We now define relationships by saying “Oh I think they’re getting serious, I saw him tag her in a meme” or “He introduced me to his Mum, surely that means something, right?” But sadly, nothing means anything these days, with the art of romance firmly pushed to the side and been replaced with a far more casual dating culture.

Whether we like it or not, Tinder and other online dating apps are here to stay and it seems inevitable for young people to conform to this modern-day style of dating. More so then ever before, we have greater access to meeting a wider variety of people and while the reliance of modern day dating on technology isn’t necessarily a bad thing, we must still maintain the key fundamentals of dating, including respect, honesty and communication. If this is done, there may still be hope for the millennial generation if we focus more on getting to know a person in real life then what we learnt about them from behind a computer screen. But we have a long way to go, and it seems like for now, our generation has become lazy and in the process forgotten what it is like to date, meaning the art of romance truly has become dead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lifestyle Opinion

Society’s Assumptions starring Mel Waters

By Shannon Chamberlain.

 

Mel Waters is being forced to perform. Who’s forcing Mel, you ask? It might be you.

Mel is transgender non-binary and identifies as pansexual. This means they are transitioning from the female gender they were assigned at birth to non-binary, which is neither male nor female. Mel feels more masculine than feminine and is sexually attracted to trans men, trans women, cis men and cis women. Every day, Mel has no choice but to act in a drama titled Society’s Assumptions.

Mel owns a trans feminist bike shop called Honeybee Cycles. The storefront is decorated with old classic bikes, pot plants and vintage furniture. Inside, there are bikes hanging from the roof held by thick ropes, photographs and maps line the walls and bikes are parked in uniform lines around the outskirts of the cement floor to make room for old televisions and quirky socks in the middle.

If you were to walk past, you’d see Mel wearing a pair of dark blue denim shorts and a black t-shirt with matching chunky Rossi boots, grinning happily. Mel has some short stubble above the top lip and a lop-sided rat’s tail that swings softly from side-to-side while they’re tending to customers.

Mel also provides bike restoration services. At the back of the store is a workshop where black tyres are hanging on racks, a dusty workbench cradles heavy tools and the smell of dedication mixing with sawdust rests softly in your nostrils.

It’s a home away from home.

Most mornings, 32-year-old Mel is woken by their Italian Greyhound, Shalara and is greeted by what they call a ‘love festival’.

Mel is a self-professed introvert, and enjoys spending quiet time with their dog and a cup of tea before leaving the safe confines of the house to perform society’s idea of gender.

“It’s a big thing like for me to step out of the house… straight away I’m on stage,” Mel says.

Every Tuesday to Saturday, Mel cycles for almost an hour on a black vintage bike with purple handlebars and a brown leather seat from Goodwood to the heart of Port Adelaide for work.

“Me riding a bike to and from work is such a political statement and I’m realising that more and more each day,” Mel says.

“I just hate capitalism.”

Riding also gives Mel temporary relief from an often-negative headspace.

Transgender individuals living in Australia are three times more likely to experience depression than heterosexual people.

“I think a lot of my anxiety is from like this social construct of how you’re supposed to look and be and the pressures of what you’re supposed to do… so I struggle with that,” Mel says.

Behind the scenes, Mel is trying to get the gender changed from female to non-binary on their birth certificate, but it’s been incredibly difficult.

“I have to go through processes, I have to go through conversations [and] I have to go through forms,” Mel says.

“If any employer wants my birth certificate or anyone wants the birth certificate for something it will be against who I identify as.”

Mel is also ‘misgendered’ as female on a license, a passport and on common forms that only provide ‘male’ and ‘female’ options, which makes things even more problematic.

“It’s really hard to sometimes just advocate for yourself,” Mel says.

“I can’t just be carefree… I actually have to say who I am and what I am and it’s really draining.

“On my plane flights I choose Mr because that’s only got two [choices of gender].

“I feel safe to go with Mr on the plane flight because no-one gives a shit and no-one looks at it, but on official forms… I personally feel like I would be fraudulent because they’d be like hang on a minute your birth certificate says this, so this is who you have to be.

“It’s really hard that there’s no ‘other’.

“I don’t know the percentage of people that aren’t trans but… all those people don’t have to like say or do anything. They can go home and cook dinner and watch the news or whatever; whereas trans people and non-binary people have to think: when am I gonna go to the doctor? When am I gonna have to go to Centrelink so that I can go do this? When am I gonna have to go to Medicare and do this?”

It’s also been a struggle with Medicare, who refuse to officially acknowledge Mel as non-binary.

“Medicare made me say ‘male’ and I was really against it. She’s like, ‘Oh we’ll just write on the form on the back that you want to be non-binary,’” Mel says.

“It’s just so hard because it’s all new and not normalised.

“It’s draining.”

When Mel needs a prescription for testosterone to help boost the feeling of masculinity, the doctor also misgenders, which causes significant emotional pain.

“With this doctor that I’ve found, yes he does prescribe [testosterone]… but he misgenders and doesn’t know how to talk to people,” Mel says.

“It’s all smiles and he is lovely, but it would be nice if he was educated about… inclusive language.

“I feel like I always have to apologise for being trans in his rooms because he always fumbles and stuffs up with pronouns…”

For Mel, going to the toilet is often a stressful experience because most public bathrooms are not gender neutral.

“I pretty much just go to the same places in Adelaide [so] that I can kind of navigate myself around that,” Mel says.

“I don’t feel safe going into a male toilet and then I don’t feel comfortable going to a female toilet.

“When I walk into a female toilet… other people assume that’s who I am, but I’m not! It’s affirming that I’m a woman when I don’t identify as a woman.

“I only use the women’s toilet because it’s the best one. I feel safest, but I also don’t feel safe.

“I feel like I’m self-harming myself every time I walk in.

“For some reason things are just accepted as norms… and that we should assume or accept things as the way they are, but the way they are isn’t necessarily safe or inclusive or comfortable for people.”

Mel spends the majority of their life feeling uncomfortable and unsafe. It’s only when Mel finishes work that they can look forward to relaxing in a safe space: home.

At the end of each work day, Mel moves all the items from the storefront into the shop with a look of fulfilment. Mel rides back home and ends the day just like it started, with a cup of tea and Shalara by their side.

Mel is ready to take on the next episode of Society’s Assumptions.

 

Community Lifestyle

The travels of South Australian HeartKids and their mums

Image source: Child Safety Network

By Shannon Chamberlain.

“A gentle heart is tied with an easy thread.”— George Herbert, British poet

Every day in Australia, eight babies are born with heart defects.

And to make matters worse, Adelaide stopped offering major Childhood Heart Disease surgery in the early 2000s.

HeartKids SA/NT director, Maryanne Noone says, on average, two to three families every week have to travel from the Flinders Medical Centre and the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to Melbourne for life-saving heart surgery.

Maryanne says, “From the outset, families experience greater inequalities in managing their child’s heart disease than other Australians”.

“In some instances, depending on the severity of the case, the family can be given just a few hours notice.

“Relocation to Melbourne can be anywhere from a two-week period up to many months at a time.”

This is what happened to 28-year-old Jennifer Mundy and 27-year-old Mel Giardina, who both dropped everything to fly to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Jennifer was a dental assistant working in Brighton before she gave birth and is set to returning to work next month.

Jennifer gave birth to her beautiful daughter Lara in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital on 30 October last year.

“My pregnancy went all fine and my labour was relatively easy and I did it naturally with no drugs or anything,” Jennifer says.

It was weeks after Lara was born that Jennifer and her 29-year-old partner Michael Dart learned Lara was a HeartKid.

“We didn’t actually find out until she was about three weeks old and we took her to the GP because she got oral flush,” Jennifer says.

“They noticed a bit of a heart murmur so they sent us to go and see a specialist.

“She had the coarctation of the aorta, which is basically that the area of the aorta that goes down to feed her lower organs and legs has a narrow section and therefore the blood couldn’t flow properly.

“I was devastated, I was speechless, my partner pretty much had to take over everything because I was just a blubbering mess.”

Jennifer and Lara flew over with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Michael took a normal flight to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne for the surgery, which took place around a month after she was born.

They were offered a room at the Ronald McDonald House but decided against it: choosing to stay at the hotel inside the hospital instead.

“The biggest thing for me was to be as close as I could be to my little baby”.

The successful procedure lasted about five hours.

“When she came out of the surgery she was in the intensive care unit for about three days.

“They just observed and they took her off of the medications… and made sure everything was working okay.”

Lara is now a happy, healthy seven-month-old baby. Jennifer says, “The issue with the aorta has been fixed but she will have to be monitored for the rest of her life to make sure as she gets older that she doesn’t need secondary surgery or anything… she’s able to live a completely normal life.”

Jennifer was happy with the amount of support she received during this time and that she didn’t mind having to travel to Melbourne for specialist care.

“HeartKids were amazing,” she says.

“They provided us with food vouchers, they helped organise all of our flights and accommodation, they gave us taxi vouchers so that we didn’t have to worry about paying for our trips to the airport and back… they gave like a backpack that had just like little supplies that you might need.

“It would be nice if the equipment was here but I was happy to go wherever we needed to help my little girl.”

Mel Giardina’s beautiful girl was also born with a heart defect.

Her three-year-old daughter, Mia was born a HeartKid on 26 November 2014 at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Mel says, “When I gave birth to Mia she came out a bit blue so they took her into the Emergency Care Unit for a short amount of time then brought her back to me a couple of hours later.”

“I didn’t think very much of it at the time.”

It was two days later when Mel began to realise that something was wrong with her baby.

“I had been craving Red Bull but I was not really wanting to affect the pregnancy so I never took it.

“…I didn’t read on the back of the can when I took my first swig out of it because I was breastfeeding Mia at the time.

“All of a sudden, she just screamed out of nowhere and it was just a horrible cry and I will never be able to forget it.

“I was literally freaking out because I read the back of the can straight after and I thought maybe the Red Bull was racing her heart so I thought it was my fault.

“So, the nurses came and they checked her and overall she was fine.

“They put a stethoscope to her heart and found a slight murmur which was the reason for the cry,” she says.

It was a week or two later that multiple x-rays, blood tests and a MRI revealed Mia had multiple heart defects.

Mel says, “She ended up being diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) and Pulmonary Valve Stenosis (PVS).”

Despite originally showing signs of being cheerful and well, Mia progressively got worse while she waited three months for her surgery.

“She was on breastfeeding every hour and then the gastric tube every three hours for formula to try and make her gain weight so she could go into surgery.

“In that process, she caught pneumonia and she also caught Rhino virus.

“It’s like a common cold but for babies because they don’t breathe very well and they can’t move their necks so she actually had a lot of breathing difficulties.”

Mia also caught gastro while she was waiting for surgery, so the date was urgently brought forward.

“I lost a lot of friends because I wasn’t able to have anybody over because I was so paranoid about her just dying on me because if she caught any common cold she wouldn’t be able to fight it,” Mel says.

Baby Lara was registered as a HeartKid and sent storybooks and information for social events.

Mel also received help from the Ronald McDonald House, which provided her with free accommodation and the Royal Flying Doctor Service who paid for her flights.

“Melbourne did a really good job… they put up accommodation, they paid for the flights, they made me feel welcome, it was a really good environment,” Mel says.

Jennifer and Mel say no HeartKid mum will ever need to travel the long and difficult journey alone.

Community Health

Sweaty salutations, from the Sunday Mail City–Bay Fun Run

Image source: The Advertiser

By Chloe Szentpeteri

As Sunday, September 17 dawned, runners were rising early to compete in Adelaide’s annual Sunday Mail City–Bay event.

The morning was set for sun and sweat as competitors gave it their all in a bid to reach the finish line first, choosing to walk or run either three, six or 12 kilometre distances.

From the siren start right up until a cheering finale, competitors crossed the line with a smile, with participants ranging from young to old and wheelchairs flying fast with a breezy tailwind.

Although Olympians Brett Robinson and Jess Trengove, from SA, won first place for best male and female recorded times, all competitors came out winners and the event appeared to run without issue.

For regular runner Damien Henshave, it’s all about getting out in the community and giving it his all.

“The City–Bay is a good social run – I’ve done the 12km run ten times before and I run all year round,” the 40-year-old said.

“Today I did 56’30 [fifty-six minutes and thirty seconds] which isn’t my best, but it’s close to it.”

Spectator Lisa McNeil, 23, said she attends the event annually to support friends and family on their fitness journey, while occasionally participating herself.

“I’m a personal trainer, so it’s great to see clients pushing themselves and trying for new bests as they set themselves new goals,” she says.

“When I’m not watching friends or family running the race, I’ll sweat it out on the track myself.

“Either way it’s enjoyable and you couldn’t ask for a better day for it.”

Whether it be for the exercise, community involvement or for a charity, the walkers and runners of the event certainly sweat it out, with some opting to wear dinosaur suits, pushing beer keg props or dressing as superheroes.

However, the future of the Sunday Mail City–Bay Fun Run will be reassessed due to a decline in participants over the last few years.

The 2017 results will not be printed in The Advertiser this year, so check out www.adelaidenow.com.au for the full listing of competitors and corresponding results.

 

 

Community Health

Batyr provide free barbeque at UniSA campuses to encourage students to speak out about their mental health on R U OK? Day

Image source: www.ruok.org.au

By Sam Aebi 

Youth mental health awareness organisation Batyr hosted free barbeques for students at all UniSA campuses on R U OK? Day.

The organisation, which has reached over 70,000 young people through their programs, provided free food for students at the Mawson Lakes, Magill, City East and West UniSA campuses on Thursday.

Students could enjoy a sausage or veggie patty in bread among the company of fellow students and volunteers for Batyr.

Through the free barbeques, the organisation’s aim is to let students know of their presence as a group focussing on ill mental health amongst youth and university students.

The decision to host these barbeques on R U OK? Day meant that students who weren’t okay could approach Batyr and find out what they can do in regards to speaking out about their mental health.

Carly Sare, Batyr’s UniSA Program Manager, discussed how the organisation has goals towards building a stronger and more open community at UniSA campuses.

“Batyr are really about raising awareness. R U OK? Day is quite a familiar campaign but we want to raise awareness of what that looks like on our campus, in our community,” Ms Sare said.

“We’re part of the greater student wellbeing action plan here at UniSA and our goals are to basically smash the stigma around mental ill health and to increase help-seeking behaviour among students.”

Students appeared by the dozen to grab a free lunch and learn about Batyr or talk to someone about how they were feeling.

UniSA journalism student Georgia Lake said, “I think it’s excellent that we’re raising awareness for something that is so important, especially for university students.”

“So many people go through mental illnesses throughout uni and they feel like they can’t talk about it but through events like this we can grow and become closer by talking to each other.”

“I think having a free barbeque like this gets people coming out and supporting a good cause so I’m all for it. I’m not just here for a free lunch,” Patrick Jackson, a UniSA communication and media student, said.

The barbeques proved popular and brought students together to discuss something that people generally keep to themselves.

“Ultimately, we just love to see a culture on campus where everyone’s more connected and more inclusive. Students can know that it’s okay not to be okay and they know where to reach out for help when they need it,” Ms Sare said.

“I think that that’s what these events do, they help to bring that in and normalise it for the community and that’s what I really want to see.”

Remember, it’s always important to ask someone “R U OK?” and it’s always okay to talk to someone about how you’re feeling.

For more information on R U OK? Day visit: https://www.ruok.org.au/

For more information on how to maintain your mental health while studying, visit Batyr’s website: http://www.batyr.com.au/

If you are struggling with your mental health and want someone to talk to, contact UniSA counselling on 1300 301 703 or Headspace on 1800 650 890.

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