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Tangent Talk: Sunshine Super Girl | Monday 15 August

Get the story behind the story and join us at the Tangent Talk for SUNSHINE SUPER GIRL at the State Library of South Australia. Before you see the show, join us for a drink and discussion about the themes of the production.

Teamwork: the importance of community in making sporting superstars

Join our panel of prominent cultural and sporting figures in this deep dive into the main themes of SUNSHINE SUPER GIRL, the story of Evonne Goolagong’s journey from regional Griffith, NSW to Wimbledon and the support of her family, friends and community on the way. Our esteemed panel includes artist, former AFL player and State Theatre Company South Australia board member Gavin Wanganeen, music and arts publicist, founder and director of the Lowitja O’Donoghue Foundation, Deb Edwards, CEO of Sport SA Leah Cassidy and fitness and wellbeing business owner, dancer, health advocate and graduate of the Indigenous marathon project, Rikki Milera-Wilson.


Date: Monday, 15 August

Time: 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start

LocationHetzel Lecture Theatre
Institute Building, State Library of South Australia
North Terrace, Adelaide 5000

Tickets: $10 including a wine from SC Pannell.


Tangent is presented by State Theatre Company South Australia in association with the State Library of South Australia.

Meet the Speakers



Gavin Wanganeen

Gavin Wanganeen, a descendent of the Kokatha Mula people of the Western Desert in South Australia, is a passionate supporter of the arts and a member of the board for State Theatre Company South Australia. Wanganeen is known for exploring his ancestral links through his own nationally-acclaimed visual art practice.

His AFL career spanned 300 senior games at Port Adelaide and Essendon football clubs, earning him countless accolades including a Brownlow medal, two Premierships and a grandstand dedication at Adelaide Oval.

He is ambassador for Power Community Programs with the Port Adelaide Football Club and Deadly Choices, an initiative run by Aboriginal Health, and ambassador for the AFL Aboriginal youth football team, the Boomerangs.


Deb Edwards

Yankunytjatjara woman Deb Edwards enjoys a life rich with culture, art, creativity, and love for her family. She has had a 37-year career working as a publicist in the Australian music and arts industries. Her work has included a list of First Nations clients and organisations such as Troy Cassar-Daley, dance troupe Djuki Mala, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute and Reconciliation South Australia. Deb is the first Aboriginal person to be appointed as a Board Director of Music SA.

Deb’s cultural, creative, and personal connections extend from Kaurna Land in South Australia to right across the nation. She is dedicated to sharing the inspirational lives of her mother Amy Levai (nee O’Donoghue), South Australia’s first Aboriginal teacher; and her Auntie, Dr. Lowitja O’Donoghue, one of Australia’s most respected and prominent Aboriginal leaders, the first Aboriginal nurse at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

On August 1st, 2022, as Founder and a Director, Deb was proud to announce the launch of the Lowitja O’Donoghue Foundation, established on this day in honour of her Aunt’s 90th birthday.


Leah Cassidy

Leah Cassidy is the CEO of Sport SA and has more than 23 years’ experience in sport and recreation, education management and human services working in Australia, Hong Kong and Turkey.

Leah comes from a multi-sport background having participated in hockey, cricket (indoor and outdoor), athletics, cross country, vigoro, badminton, basketball and tennis.

Leah has a strong belief in the power of sport to changes lives and communities. It is this belief that led her first into teaching Health and Physical Education and then into sports administration.

Leah is also a Board Director of the Sammy D Foundation.


Rikki Milera-Wilson

Rikki Milera-Wilson is a proud First Nations Woman belonging to Narungga, Adnyamathanha, Kokotha & Wirangu people.

Rikki is passionate about Culture, Language & the arts. Rikki has worked many years in Health & Wellness sector specific to Aboriginal Community, developed Fitness & Wellness programs, facilitated a range of programs in Fitness, Dance & social and emotional Well-being , focus groups, yarning circles.

Rikki is the 2019 NAIDOC Sportswoman of the year and 2018 Indigenous Marathon Project Graduate.

Thank You