Fields of endeavour
NEDLANDS student Sharni-leigh Kittow is more comfortable on the football field than the catwalk but is getting out of her comfort zone for a good cause.
The Swan Districts women’s player will compete for a position as a national finalist in the Miss West Coast WA State Finals next month.
As part of the competition journey, the 23-year-old is raising money to help fund a NETS ambulance for sick and disadvantaged children in WA.
“I think it is really important to be involved with such causes, as making a positive impact on them can be life-changing for those involved,” she said.
NEDLANDS primary education university student Sharni-leigh Kittow will swap football for fundraising after making it to the final 24 in the Miss West Coast 2017 competition.
The Swan Districts women’s player, who is stepping out of her comfort zone to bring awareness to a good cause, said it was important to make a positive impact in the community.
“I haven’t actually done anything like this before,” she said.
“I definitely want to inform others of Toybox International’s fundraising project, which focuses on raising enough funds to buy WA a NETS ambulance for sick and disadvantaged children in Western Australia.
“I think it is really important to be involved with such causes, as making a positive impact on them can be life changing for those involved.”
Taking to the catwalk as opposed to the football field, the 23-year-old said the introduction of the national competition was something she was extremely excited about.
“I would love to play nationally; it’s always been a dream of mine to play sport at such an elite level, whether AFL or basketball, another sport I’m passionate about.
“I’m in the WA Talent Academy and have recently been selected to represent WA in the under-23 Women’s State AFL team, which is something to look forward to.
“It’s so great to see so many girls’ dreams come true, and it shows how powerful equality between men and women through sport really can be.”
Kittow, an Aboriginal woman born and bred in Albany, said she took pride in being a girl from the country and was eager to finishing her degree and work with children.
“I think the freedom that a country town portrays really represents who I am as a person,” she said.
“I am very proud to be an Aboriginal Australian. My mother is Aboriginal and Australian and from the Nyoongar tribe and my father is English.
“I am half way through my degree and I’m also a nanny part-time, which I love.
“I absolutely adore children and think it is important to better understand and to build on our knowledge of our youth, after all they are the canvas to our futures.
“Having an impact on how they learn and what they learn I think is a great thing.”
Kittow will compete for a position as a national finalist in the Miss West Coast WA State Finals next month.
If she makes the top six, she will go on to represent WA as a national finalist at the Miss Universe Australia Finals in June.
To donate, visit https://misswestcoast2017.everydayhero.com/au/netsfundraising-project.
Sharni-leigh Kittow is a WA Women’s Football League player and Miss Universe finalist.
WA Women’s Football League player and Miss West Coast WA finalist Sharni-leigh Kittow.