Women’s sport weekly wrap: AFLW continues to dominate the news cycle

This story was first written for and published by The Roar.

Each week in preparation for writing this piece, I spent half an hour each morning scouring the news looking for my favourite stories in women’s sport.

So when Roarers comment that I have missed something, in some circumstances it’s me making a choice to include news about one sport rather than another, while in other cases it’s because I just haven’t seen the news.

Rethink Role Models

Well, 2017 you have certainly started off on the right foot! This year has seen females dominating the freshly mowed Australian Football League fields, the unyielding Netball courts, the sandy bases of the Softball arena and the dusty creases of the Cricket oval. We’ve witnessed the Jillaroos overcome the Kiwi Ferns in a clean sweep to achieve the first ever Auckland Nines Series win. We’ve heard the heels of the ASC Chief Executive taking steps towards change for women at a National level. Our role models have discussed body image and anxiety with such purity and transparency. And the AFL Women’s League has encouraged all women to “Be Strong. Be Ready”. 

Ladies who Leap catches up with umpire Libby Toovey

It seems that rugby league is not the only sport where women are making a name for themselves officiating.

Earlier this year, an exclusively female set of umpires officiated at a TAC Cup match this year.  This follows on from the news that three women, have cracked umpiring at the elite AFL level being Eleni Gloufits, Lucinda Lopes and Libby Toovey.   

Ladies who Leap catches up with Jess Cameron

As we edge closer and closer towards the end of the year, that means we are edging closer and closer to the launch of the AFL women’s competition set to begin in February 2017.

In June, it was announced that 8 clubs were successful in obtaining a licence to have a women’s team in the inaugural competition.  These teams were the Fremantle Dockers, Carlton Football Club, the GWS Giants, the Brisbane Lions, the Adelaide Crows, Collingwood Football Club, the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs.

Sport and our attitudes towards women

Last week I was at an event with some clients. Following some normal chitchat about how busy work had been and how quickly this year had passed, conversation turned to plans for the weekend.

From February to October, my weekend plans are always the same – sport, but mainly rugby league.

Let’s send those Swans back over the bridge

My first year as a GWS member has been pretty outstanding so far.

I never thought that orange would be a colour I would voluntarily wear, but strangely enough, similar to Sydney Thunder green, I have made it work.

There have been some pretty special moments so far. Picking Heath Shaw and Jacob Hopper as my favourites stands out, as does watching Jeremy Cameron dominate on the field and Stevie J kick what seem to be the impossible goals. Sitting with my new friends in the Cheer Squad and seeing the smiling faces of kids during kick to kick has also been something I have truly enjoyed.

Celebrating Jacob Hopper’s debut

If you are an AFL player, I imagine that there are certain milestones that will always stick out in your memory when you reflect on your career. A premiership if you are lucky enough to win one. A Brownlow Medal if you are lucky enough to be awarded one. Being presented with your first team guernsey. But up there with the fondest of memories must be the memory of making your AFL debut.

Last week, it was Jacob Hopper’s turn.