The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - FITNESS -

21 he Greater West­ern Syd­ney Giants player was the num­ber-one draft pick for the in­au­gu­ral women’s AFL sea­son this year. When she’s not train­ing, she’s in the lab study­ing for her med­i­cal sci­ence de­gree. “It can be over­whelm­ing some­times, but if you love what you do you can bal­ance it,” she says. The women’s AFL sea­son only goes for eight weeks (the men’s goes for 27), but if the op­por­tu­nity to play full-time ever arose, she’d jump at the chance “100 per cent”. Who should try it: “Some­one who loves all sports. It re­ally in­cor­po­rates dif­fer­ent skills. You can kick, you can catch, you can run.” What you’ll learn: “Re­silience, be­cause you get knocked down all the time, you have to get back up and it’s such an un­pre­dictable game.” How to get in­volved: “The AFL does a good job of es­tab­lish­ing grass­root com­pe­ti­tions for fe­males.” There are so­cial and com­pet­i­tive teams, plus the AFL 9s non-con­tact divi­sion. Visit 27

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