A pioneering and award-winning journalist covering multiple sports, Samantha Lane’s passion for AFL and its ability to influence profoundly beyond the boundary, saw her quit her day job with The Age mid-2017 to write a book.
The catalyst was the birth of the AFL Women’s league; a movement Sam identified as ‘bigger than sport’ well before AFLW launched 18 months ago.
The result is ROAR, published in February 2018. Sam travelled around Australia for interviews for this unprecedented and unparalleled piece of journalism.
ROAR’s opening chapter, State of Origins, celebrates the arrival and phenomenon of AFLW but does not shirk the backdrop. It details decades of discrimination, institutionalised sexism and homophobia with previously undocumented and compelling primary evidence.
As a body of work, ROAR undoubtedly enhances understanding of, and appreciation for, the roadblocks that have confronted women footballers, coaches, umpires and administrators. This enhances understanding of, and appreciation for, women’s sport universally.
While probing and searing in parts, ROAR is fundamentally inspiring, described as “compellingly relevant” and “a book that will remain timely, for it addresses some fundamental societal through the prism of football”.
Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said of ROAR: “Best on ground to Samantha Lane for this inspiring account of .. resilience and determination.”
The electronic component of this entry is a compilation of Sam’s work for the Seven Network on national broadcasts , and on the pioneering Daisy Lane Race – an example of ‘new media’.
This demonstrates Sam’s ability to be relatable, and inclusive, for both new and more seasoned sport followers. It also highlights an authoritative, expertly researched and reliable journalist’s voice.
The third component, published by The Guardian, highlights further range and tackles more burning issues.
This submission demonstrates Sam’s media dexterity and ability to communicate critical messages that advance AFLW and women’s sport broadly.