Captain of the Carlton AFLW team
Had you told a teenage Lauren Arnell she’d one day captain a team in a national women’s Australian football competition, she may have laughed at you. She’s not laughing now — at least not about that. Lauren became Carlton captain for the AFLW’s first season and played in the inaugural game at a packed Ikon Park.
“It felt like a huge celebration that women could be supported to perform at AFL level in front of more than 25,000 people and a million nationally on television,” she says. “It was exhilarating and a ridiculous amount of fun with my team mates.”
The new season of AFLW starts on 2 February, and Lauren encourages everyone to get to a game: “Expect a fierce, passionate and skilled contest unlike any other game of AFL you’ve seen.”
Here are some of Lauren’s favourite
In the off season, I treat myself at Melba Restaurant’s buffet in The Langham, Melbourne for a very long dinner.
Princes Park, obviously. It’s the home of Carlton, is surrounded by wonderful parklands and has a relatively flat and open 3.2-kilometre running track.
There are endless views I love all over Melbourne. My top three are: walking through Yarra Park to the MCG; anywhere around the running trails at Yarra Bend; and the 360-degree view from Government House in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.