Congratulations to Chloe Lau, Vimani Jayawantha and Nayana Yenugula who represented Victoria as part of the AFL ‘All Nations’ U14 State Team, which recently played in the 2019 ‘AFL Diversity Cup’ competition.
All three girls are members of our GWSC GIANTS AFL squad and were invited to trial for this multicultural program after their footy talents were identified during State School Victoria AFL Competitions and also the AFL Unity Cup. Throughout Term 3 they attended and excelled at regional and metropolitan trials run by the AFL, followed by a state-wide high performance camp at the Essendon Football Club training facility ‘The Hangar’, to gain selection in the ‘All Nations’ team.
In the lead up to the ‘AFL Diversity Cup’ our future AFLW stars were put through their paces and mentored by coaches, as well multicultural program player ambassadors from both the AFLW and AFL, at a three day residential camp based in Gippsland. Vimani, Nayana and Chloe were also kitted out with personalised AFL guernseys, training gear and custom team uniforms; that represented the many cultures involved in their team, which they wore with pride throughout the program.
All three girls represented themselves, their cultures and our College with aplomb during the ‘AFL Diversity Cup’, playing key roles for the Victorian ‘All Nations’ team who narrowly missed out on the title in a hard fought contest against the Victorian ‘Kickstart’ Indigenous team at the Morwell Recreation Reserve. Coaches from both sides involved in the cup final commended our three GWSC GIANTS on their footy IQ, silky skills, positive attitude, willingness to learn, in addition to the courtesy and respect that they demonstrated both on and off the field. We look forward to following the footballing journeys of Nayana, Chloe and Vimani within our GWSC GIANTS AFL Program in the near future and hopefully one day in the AFLW!