OUR GAME Women and Non-Binary Persons in Media Program

The OUR GAME Women and Non-Binary Persons in Media Program (Media Program) is part of the Leadership and Development Pillar of Legacy ’23. 

The Media Program aims to ensure that the push for gender parity in football is not limited to just on the pitch. It is critical for the future of the sport that there is increased women’s participation and leadership in every facet of the game, and this includes media & creatives.

It is well documented and researched that Women and Non-Binary persons are currently underrepresented in the Australian sports media landscape with just 14% of editorial content produced by women & non-binary persons. This is due to the fact that they currently face many barriers in the media and creative space. 

As such, to address the underrepresentation of women in media women & non-binary persons, Football Australia is launching the ‘Our Game: Women and Non-Binary persons in Media Program.

Working with highly respected media supporters, Football Australia aims to provide unique and invaluable development opportunities in the following specific areas of Media:

  • Photography
  • Communications & Digital Media

Participants - Communications / Digital Media

Lani Johnson

Get to know Lani

Emma Burke

Get to know Emma

Annabel Martin

Get to know Annabel

Hayley Routley

Get to know Hayley

Taishar Ovens

Get to know Taishar

Participants - Photography

Maya Thompson

Get to know Maya

Kelsey Zafiridis

Get to know Kelsey

Janelle St Pierre

Get to know Janelle

Montanna Bailey

Get to know Montanna

Isha Jalloh

Get to know Isha


Samantha Lewis - Communications / Digital Media

Samantha Lewis (she/they) is a digital sports journalist who specialises in Australian women’s football and the women’s game more broadly. She has covered Olympic Games and World Cups for organisations including The Guardian, ESPN, Optus Sport and SBS, with a focus on history, profiles, and long-form features, and has had her work recognised by organisations such as The International Sports Press Association (AIPS). She is based on Gadigal land.

Joseph Mayers - Photography

Joseph Mayers has been a professional freelance photographer since 2007 and has photographed many live events including music festivals like the Byron Bay Blues Festival and Groovin’ the Moo where he is currently the official photographer for both. Joseph has captured major sporting events including touring with the CommBank Matildas to the 2007, 2011 and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cups, capturing 14 seasons of the Liberty A-Leagues, the Indigenous All Stars rugby league matches, the Aboriginal Knockout capturing their awesome on field and off field moments. He has also had regular work photographing for the Courier Mail, and they have given him some of his biggest jobs including photographing US President Barack Obama on his 2011 visit.

Media Supporters

Australian Sports Commission

Getty Images

ABC Sport

Australian Professional Leagues