Welcome to Quickie, the feminist podcast that shoots straight from the lip.
My name is Nevena and I’m very pleased to have been sitting across from an incredibly power-
ful woman who has forged her own path to the top of her podium.
Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Cambage is an Olympic athlete, elite basketball player, fashion designer, mental health advocate, cultural icon, DJ and Australia’s answer to Naomi Campbell.
Liz has dominated Australian and international elite sport and culture despite being relentlessly targeted by punishers, bigots and racists on social media and in the press.
She rose to prominence by making Olympic history after effortlessly delivering the first ever female basketball dunk in 2012. Since then, her phenomenal sporting career has seen her play for the Women’s NBA, Australian Opals and the Chinese Women’s basketball league. Notably, she overcame a horrifying achilles injury and relentlessly trained for a year to be able to return to the game.
A true champion of the court, Liz’s prowess extends far beyond it. Dissatisfied by the often limited and ugly footwear choices available to taller women, the former student of Melbourne School of Fashion launched a collaboration with Myer: the Liz Cambage X Urban Soul collection.
Whilst recovering from her achilles injury, Liz hit the decks and taught herself the fine art of disc jockeying. Her debut DJ set was at the Melbourne Cup and she has also supported Desiigner & Steve Aoki.
She has candidly addressed the stigma associated with mental health by discussing her own depression in the press and how it impacted on her training and preparations for the Rio Olympics.
2016 was a particularly alarming year in Australian culture; blackface incidents materialised and were defended like some god-given right for morons, like clockwork. In February, Alice Kunek willing posted a photo of herself dressed in blackface to Instagram. It wasn’t until Liz called a racist spade a racist spade that any media attention was directed to Kunek. In what is a perfectly twisted analogy of the pervasive structural racism in Australia, somehow social media and press misdirected their scrutiny to Cambage.
In July, f-grade basketballer Andrew Bogut thoughtlessly mocked Liz’s attendance at the #BlackLivesMatter rally and disregarded the history of police brutality in Australia by likening it to “protesting for less jumbo jets on highways.” Like the scholar she is, Liz, along with rapper Briggs, schooled Bogut on the basics of insidious racism in Australia.
A career marked by glory and tenacity, a personality that shines bright like a diamond, welcome, Liz Cambage.