Shantelle Thompson

Barkindji Warrior

Shantelle is a proud Barkindji/European woman, I am a Daughter, Sister, Friend, Mother, Warrior, Mentor, Activist, Ambassador and Leader. She is a mother of three (including twins), two-time Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, community leader, Oceania Wrestling Champion, post-natal depression survivor, 2018 Commonwealth Games Wrestling Ambassador and Shadow Team, small business founder, eldest of 17 children, mentor, and storyteller.

Shantelle knows personally the power of sport and how it can be used as a vehicle for personal development, a way to achieve dreams, to create change and to level the playing field in many areas. She personally did not begin her athletic career until the age of 27, after she was diagnosed with post-natal-depression after the birth of her twins, in which she began her career in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. From this beginning she went onto to achieve two world titles, and then set her sights on reaching even higher and made the switch to freestyle wrestling in which she attempted qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics and is now a shadow team member for the GC2018 Australian wrestling team, after only having wrestled for 4 years.

She is now striving to create future opportunities for her community, women/girls, and level the playing field for those that don’t have the same starting line as others. Shantelle has personal experience with and understands the power of how sport can be used as a vehicle for creating change, breaking down racism and creating opportunities for reconciliation.

Hear Shantelle speak at The Value of Sport: Maximising Opportunities in the Commonwealth on 6 April at Commonwealth House.

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