Indo-Fijian Women in Sports: Colonial and Racial Stereotypes with Rohini Balram

Mustard yellow background. In the middle is an image collage of Rohini. Two full body images of Rohini running with two barbell weights on each side of collage. Graphics of mini weights and plants are surrounding Rohini. Upper left corner text reads: Rohini Balram.


About Rohini

My name is Rohini Balram and I am a PhD candidate at Western Sydney University. I have taught English to ESL learners in Fiji and Australia for over a decade. I am passionate about running, bodybuilding and racquet sports which motivated me to complete a gym instruction course and assist marginalised women with exercise and fitness. This also sparked my research on the role of sports in cultural and ethnic minority groups of women. I aspire to give Indo-Fijian women and their sporting experiences in Fiji a voice. Amidst my academic pursuit, I find solace via creative writing; my short stories, poems and auto-ethnographies centre on the following themes: identity, love, gender, marginalised groups, indentured labourers, ethnicity, race, class, culture/traditions, diaspora and sports.

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