As Australia began to take the threat of COVID-19 seriously, there was one podcaster who instantly sprang to mind – and it was not an obvious choice.

With the pandemic becoming too large to comprehend, a niggling question remained: why did the AFL choose to continue playing footy? They’ve since reversed the decision and the 2020 season has been cancelled, but last Friday, Emma Race, host of AFL podcast The Outer Sanctum, had some answers.

The podcasters behind the Outer Sanctum, from left: Alicia Sometimes, Kate Seeor, Felicity Race, Emma Race, Lucy Race, and Nicole Hayes.

The podcasters behind the Outer Sanctum, from left: Alicia Sometimes, Kate Seeor, Felicity Race, Emma Race, Lucy Race, and Nicole Hayes.Credit:Eddie Jim

“I feel uncertain about the games going ahead and know the AFL do too, but … I guess our job is to support the players and the fans,” said Race at the time, before the season halted.

“So many people who listen to our podcast are people who already suffer from anxiety, people who already have really stressful lives because of mental health illnesses or people who are lonely, people who are scared, and I feel like our voice and our connection with those people has never been more essential.”



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