SAS Australia Star Sabrina Frederick: Fighting Racism And Sexism Is Exhausting, But Here's Why I Won't Stop

Alicia Vrajlal
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Sabrina Frederick has a point to prove when appearing on new reality TV show, ‘SAS Australia’ where contestants complete challenges from the real SAS (Special Air Service Regiment) selection process.

The 23-year-old AFLW Richmond Tigers player said her “whole life is a constant fight” and “there’s always someone that’s got to do those things first to pave the way”.

“I’m a Black woman in a same sex relationship working in a male dominated sport,” she said in a promo for the Channel 7 show. “I’m in this experience to prove that women can do this. I know what women can do, I’ve never had men beat me in my industry anyway.”

'SAS Australia' contestant Sabrina Frederick has played 29 AFLW games for the Brisbane Lions and Richmond Tigers.
'SAS Australia' contestant Sabrina Frederick has played 29 AFLW games for the Brisbane Lions and Richmond Tigers.

Speaking to HuffPost Australia, the Tigers forward, whose mother is Australian and father is of Jamaican and Antiguan descent, said she’s faced racism ever since moving from the UK to a rural town in Western Australia at age seven.

“I felt quite accepted when I lived in the UK so when I moved to Australia I felt on the outer and I did feel like I was constantly trying to fit in,” she said.

“And that’s part of being a kid anyway, you’re trying to make friends and trying to figure things. But moving to a rural area, I don’t think many people at that time in that area were used to seeing a woman of colour who wasn’t Aboriginal. So I think there were still kids that were trying to understand all of that.”

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