With one day left to submit EOIs for the Asia Oceanic Ultimate Championships, I want to share why I’m all in for the 2020 Firetails Campaign.
I love wearing the Green and Gold with pride
Representing Australia is an honour. Each and every time I pull on a green and gold jersey, I get tingles as I think about all the players who have worn it before me, and all the people who I am playing for. I love the camaraderie between the three Team Australia squads, and I love being able to celebrate the successes of my friends on other teams.
One of my favourite memories from 2016 Worlds was sitting on the sideline cheering as the Barramundis and Dingos fought for their medals, and this to me is what Team Australia is all about. The level of friendship and support between the Firetails, Barramundis and Dingos makes all three teams stronger, and it makes me proud to put my name down for Australian team selection once again.
Women’s sports teams are special places
I have been incredibly lucky to play on many empowering female sports teams in my time. My experiences as part of groups of unique women working together towards a common goal have been special and powerful, and have added enormous value to many aspects of my life. I have laughed, I have cried, I have been frustrated and I have been elated. Most of all though, I have made lasting memories and lifelong friends.
When I look around at my female teammates and see the incredible things they’re doing, I am constantly inspired and encouraged to be the best version of myself that I can be. I love the environment and the culture that women’s sports teams can facilitate, and I can’t wait to start building the 2020 Firetails.
Female Australian Ultimate players are awesome
This campaign is an incredible opportunity to play with some of the best players in the world. Aussie Crocs like Alex Prentice, Mikhaila Dignam, Rosie Dawson, and Dani Alexander have all proved themselves at the highest level, and I am pumped to see what they can achieve over the next twelve months. For me, it is a massive privilege to play with these awesome athletes and I wouldn’t miss it for anything.
On top of that, I can’t wait to see the next crop of players come through. Having scrimmaged against a number of recent underage teams, I am confident in our domestic talent pathway and I am excited about the strong female athletes who will be pushing for their first open age Australian jersey.
Women’s Ultimate is great for individual growth
I love seeing women thrive when they are presented with opportunities. On field and off, the Firetails provide young women with amazing scope for individual growth. I have seen players come in to the Firetails selection pool as raw athletes and finish the campaign as established players. This is off the back of the many and varied opportunities afforded to players on Women’s teams. This scope of roles available for female athletes is also a fantastic mechanism for strengthening the domestic Women’s division, as Australian representatives bring their diverse skills and experience back to their local clubs.
I have also personally experienced enormous off field development through my involvement in Women’s Ultimate. In particular, I have a much greater understanding of my own leadership style, I have learnt to communicate more effectively, and I have come to appreciate the value that comes from committing to being a team-first player. I have also learnt the rewards that come from being open and vulnerable with my teammates. This has been a powerful revelation, and something that I think is enhanced by the connection between female athletes.
For me, this campaign is about taking every opportunity to continue my growth as a person, while also helping to shape the next generation of female athletes.
If you’re considering trying out for one of the 2020 Worlds teams, I strongly encourage you to get involved with the campaign now and put your EOI in for AOUC selection. AOUC will be a great stand-alone event, but more than that, it will be a key building block for the 2020 Team Australia campaign.
Athlete Expressions of Interest for the 2019 Australian AOUC teams (Barramundis, Firetails and Dingoes) close Friday 22 March. Find out more and apply now.