Shantelle Thompson – The Barkindji Warrior

Episode 65

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Host Mundanara Bayles is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference which is the accumulated knowledge that Aboriginal people developed over the tens of thousands of years of living in this land, now known as Australia.

Relationships are at the core of Aboriginal Culture and Society and in our whole history of living in this country we never invaded our neighbours.

An Aboriginal Terms of Reference introduction is based on “Who you are and not what you do”, this way of introduction has been practiced by Aboriginal people since the first sunrise. From an Aboriginal perspective this way of introduction reinforces our humaness, we are much more than our job titles.

On episode 66 of the podcast I yarn with Shantelle Thompson. Shantelle is a proud Barkindji/Ngyampaa/European woman who is a mother of 3, an athlete, world champion, storyteller, educator, social entrepreneur, mentor, role model and social justice advocate.

Overcoming abuse, disadvantage and bullying, Shantelle has fought to change her path and challenge the stereotypes and boundaries she faced as an Aboriginal girl from the small country town of Dareton, New South Wales.

After developing severe post-natal depression following the birth of her twins, Shantelle began Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training in 2011 as a form of physical therapy to help treat her depression and fight her way back. After 6 months of training Shantelle competed in the South Australian state titles, winning 2 titles in her first competition. In 2012 she won her first national title and, from this, the dream of becoming a world champion was born.

We yarn about her many achievements and amazing stories of strength and resilience that I’m sure will inspire you as it has me. A truly deadly yarn not to be missed.

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