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Kate O'Halloran

Kate O'Halloran (she/her) is an award-winning journalist and member of the ABC Sport team, with a focus on gender equity and issues affecting LGBTQI+ communities.

She holds a PhD in Gender and Cultural Studies and has been a vocal advocate for increased representation of women's sport, including in her previous role as Deputy Sports Editor at The Guardian, host of RRR's Kick Like A Girl and co-founder of Siren Sport.

She is well-known for her coverage of AFLW and is a former Victorian state cricketer based in Melbourne/Naarm.

Latest by Kate O'Halloran

Australian involved in horror Tour de France crash, causing favourite to withdraw with head injury

Nicole Frain approached the peloton at speed with around 25km of the Provins stage to go, seemingly unaware of an existing pile-up in front of her. Marta Cavalli was later sent to hospital for monitoring.
Nicole Frain adjusts her helmet ahead of the Festival of Cycling in Australia

Australian Amanda Spratt breaks down in tears as women's Tour de France makes 'emotional' return

For the first time since 1989, the women's Tour de France has returned, with the 34-year-old Australian champion saying she wasn't sure she would have the opportunity to ride in the world's biggest cycling race. 
Amanda Spratt poses for a picture on her bike, wearing a mask with the Eiffel Tour in the background

Germany joins England as Euro quarterfinalists as women's football attendance records continue to tumble

Host nation England's fixture against Austria drew the fourth-highest crowd for a women's Euro game, while Germany continued their perfect qualification record.
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Alexandra Popp launches for a header amongst a range of opponents and teammates with the crowd in the background

No 'free passes' for competitiveness: David Noble and North Melbourne 'mutually agree to part ways'

North Melbourne president Dr Sonja Hood has told a press conference that while the club was rebuilding, it did not have a 'free pass' when it came to competitive performances.
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CEO Ben Amarfio, club president Dr Sonja Hood and David Noble face the media

analysis: Ajla Tomljanović was asked about her past relationship with Nick Kyrgios. Family violence experts say that was irresponsible

With Nick Kyrgios due to face court in Canberra after allegedly assaulting an ex-girlfriend, another ex-partner, Ajla Tomljanović, is asked a post-game question about their past relationship that leaves her "disappointed".
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Nick Kyrgios puts his arm on Ajla Tomljanovic as they play mixed doubles in the Australian Open in 2016

'Groundbreaking' deal sees New Zealand women's cricketers receive significant pay rise

A new, five-year deal will see New Zealand's men's and women's players receive the same match fees across all formats and competitions — but there will still be a big gap between men's and women's wages. 
The White Ferns huddle with a mountain range in the background in Queenstown

A traditional opener, double-headers and four new teams for August AFLW season

Carlton and Collingwood will kickstart the season at Princes Park, but there are still just 10 rounds despite all 18 clubs joining the competition. AFLW games will also be played before men's finals for the first time. 
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Carlton and Collingwood players line up for the national anthem at the opening AFLW game in 2018

Ada's parkrun community helped her come out as transgender. She hopes other sports will follow their inclusive lead

Ada Macey used running as a way of dealing with gender dysphoria. But it wasn't until she was embedded in her local parkrun community that she felt comfortable coming out as transgender. 
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Ada Macey smiles while holding a cardboard parkrun Chermside frame

Montana Ham will be joining inaugural Sydney Swans AFLW team after going first in draft

Western Jets star Montana Ham is selected first in the AFLW draft by the Sydney Swans.
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Montana Ham smiles as she runs during an under-18 AFLW game.

'Infuriated' former world champion joins swimmers speaking out against trans ban

The fallout continues from FINA's ban on transgender swimmers as former world title holder Danni Miatke warns the decision will have a negative impact on a 'marginalised' community for decades.
Danni Miatke competes in the women's 50m butterfly heats in 2007

Australian Blind Cricket star Steffan Nero sets world-record 309 not out off 140 balls

Brisbane is currently hosting the International Cricket Inclusion Series in Brisbane, with Australia leading 6-0 against New Zealand with two one-day internationals to play. 
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Steffan Nero sweeps the ball on his way to 309 not out off 140 balls

analysis: Bitter rivals: we rank the top five moves of the AFLW trade and expansion period

What should you expect from your club's newest recruit? Kate O'Halloran, Cody Atkinson and Sean Lawson crunch the stats on five of the biggest names to move clubs, all of whom have landed at expansion teams.
Brooke Lochland, Maddy Prespakis, Erin Phillips, Gemma Houghton and Kaitlyn Ashmore

'Shrimply the best': Meet the 'GPS artist' doing one animal pun run at a time

It may seem like a nice hobby, but there's a global community of runners and cyclists creating art though exercise-tracking apps. And it includes some passionate people from Melbourne. 
Belinda Smith's outline of a shrimp run in Melbourne, entitled 'shrimply the best'

Merrilyn has volunteered at parkrun 400 times without ever having run the course. Here's what keeps her coming back

Globally, more than 60,000 people have volunteered more than half a million times at parkrun without ever having run or walked the course. This national volunteer week, Kate O'Halloran talks to three parkrun volunteers about what motivates them to come back.
Merrilyn McMillan is dressed in her parkrun commemorative t-shirt alongside a number of other parkun volunteers

AFLW players receive 94 per cent pay rise, new season to start in August

The AFL and AFL Players Association have finally agreed on a collective bargaining agreement, with the upcoming AFLW season to begin in the last week of August this year. 
Erin Phillips smiles, pictured in a Port Adelaide jumper at Alberton Oval

The parkrun tablet: How an unusual prescription saved Steve's life and is inspiring a change in GP practice

Steve Connelly experienced debilitating depression and anxiety after his battle with heart disease, but a visit to his GP — and a left-field script — changed his life. Now Australian GPs are looking to increase "social prescriptions" with a breakthrough partnership.
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Steve Connelly is pictured waving to the camera as he runs along the Patawalonga river

Trans women's participation in sport has been framed as an election issue. This is what some trans athletes think

While those who believe trans women should be excluded from sport have defended their right to "free speech", little airtime has been given to examining the science behind the claims being made.
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Female rugby players stand and squat in circle having team talk at side of field.

Fever capitalise after Vixens fall in netball's 'upset of the season'

By Kate O'Halloran, wires
The West Coast Fever sit on top of the Super Netball ladder after five rounds, with Melbourne suffering a shock defeat over the weekend. 
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Maddy Proud and Jessica Anstiss fight for the ball

Former Brisbane Lions premiership player to take on Port Adelaide coaching role

Lauren Arnell is the first retired AFLW player to take on a senior coaching role, and will be the third woman to be take on the role in season seven. 
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Lauren Arnell celebrates kicking a goal during the 2021 AFLW grand final against the Adelaide Crows

analysis: Crows triumph over adversity, but a reset is needed after AFLW’s most-difficult season

Adelaide's third AFLW premiership may be their most meaningful, as it came at the end of a season that challenged the club, and the league, more than any other, writes Kate O'Halloran.
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A group of AFLW teammates shout and cheer and pump their fists as they hold the AFLW trophy with fans behind them.

Adelaide legend Erin Phillips could say goodbye instead of making Port switch

By Kate O'Halloran at Adelaide Oval
Erin Phillips never set out to play for Port Adelaide's fiercest rival, but won't be drawn on whether she'll switch allegiances when the Crows' cross-town rivals enter the competition.
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Erin Phillips walks down the race, holding a child in one arm and holding up her other hand

Emily Bates becomes second player to sweep AFLW awards

Brisbane's Emily Bates follows up her best-and-fairest win by being voted player of the year by her peers, with Daisy Pearce, Kirsty Lamb and Charlie Rowbottom also recognised at the AFL Players' Association awards.
Brisbane Lions AFLW player Emily Bates shrugs as she holds a football.

Family heartache to Brisbane floods: How Emily Bates became the AFLW's best

Emily Bates was last night crowned the AFLW's best and fairest after a difficult season both collectively and personally. The Brisbane Lions vice-captain explains how she took her game to the next level.
Emily Bates smiles in front of the AFLW Best and Fairest signage with a glass of champagne and her medal

analysis: How to watch and who will win? Your questions answered ahead of AFLW preliminary finals

Kate O'Halloran answers all of your questions ahead of the preliminary finals, including where and when the games are, how to watch and who will win. 
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A composite picture of Emily Bates, Erin Phillips, Daisy Pearce and Gemma Houghton.

Kerr's run of form continues in 9-0 drubbing, while Man Utd draw 20,000 to historic Old Trafford game

By Kate O'Halloran, wires
The Australian star and Matildas captain has scored against every Women's Super League team, while Manchester United fans got behind the first women's game played in front of fans at Old Trafford.
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Sam Kerr is pictured heading a ball mid-air with Leicester City's goalkeeper to the left

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