Shantelle Thompson is a mother of three, public speaker, three-time JiuJitsu World Champion, and in world of social media, she is the Barkindji Warrior. She’s fought hard to change her life’s narrative by diminishing stereotypes and challenging the boundaries that could have hindered her success, as an aboriginal women in both business and sport. To tie in with International Women’s Day, she spoke with Danielle Wilcock about her journey and how she navigates society today as working women. International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8 and is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. It’s a day whereby, women’s cultural, social, economical and political achievements are celebrated and mightily championed.
Shantelle is of Aboriginal and European heritage. She is a proud business owner, decorated Jiu Jitsu athlete, wrestling champion and degree graduate. But behind her successes there have been cultural and gender orientated adversities.