Football Woman of the Year

The Football Woman of the Year Award recognises women who have made a significant contribution to the game of Australian football. Announced at the Grand Final Comedy Debate, the award is open to all women associated in any way with the Australian football industry. Previous winners have included Dr Susan Alberti AO, Irene Chatfield, Debbie Lee, Jill Lindsay, Belinda Durate, Michelle Cowan, Pete Searle, Jan Cooper and 2016 winner Daisy Pearce.

There are three awards that recognise and encourage women within different areas of the football industry. Criteria for each category is outlined below.


Nominations Open

The Essendon Women's Network is proud to announce that nominations are open for the Football Woman of the Year Awards.

Winners will be announced at the Grand Final Comedy Debate on 28 September 2017, and nominations can be submitted as entries under the following categories:

  • Football Woman of the Year
  • Community Award
  • Emerging Leader

Football Woman of the Year Award

The Football Woman of the Year Awards recognise women who have made a significant contribution to the game of Australian Rules football.

Selection Criteria:
  1. Demonstrate that she has made a positive and measureable impact to the advancement of women in Australian Rules Football in the 12 months prior to nomination
  2. Demonstrate that she has a willingness to publicly advocate the important role that women play in football
  3. Be able to articulate what it means to be a woman involved in the Australian Rules football community
  4. Identify what she believes are the strategic success factors for the future of women in football
  5. Be viewed positively within her organisation
 

Community Award

The Community Award recognises the unsung heroes, those who work in a volunteer capacity whether it is at grass roots level at Auskick or local footy, or through their volunteer contributions to clubs at the highest level. 
 

Selection Criteria:
  1. Have played an active role within the Australian Rules Football community over the last 12 months prior to nomination
  2. Be held in high regard in her football community
  3. Be able to articulate what it means to be a woman involved in the Australian Rules football community
  4. Be able to identify how her community organisation could be improved with further funding

Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award is designed to recognise women aged 25 or under who are inspiring other women in football and who are showing strong leadership capabilities.

Selection Criteria:
  1. Demonstrate that she is a visible leadership star of the future through her talents and positive contribution that she has made in Australian Rules Football
  2. Provide a referee that can validate her leadership qualities and behaviours
  3. Be able to identify and explain how she has overcome challenges in her journey as an emerging leader
  4. Be able to identify a mentor or other leader she has been inspired by and explain how she has adopted those qualities and behaviours in her own life
  5. Identify what she believes are the strategic success factors for the future of women in football
  6. Be aged 25 or under on 28 September 2017

Nomination Form

Based on the criteria below please download the below nomination form, fill it in and email it back to info@grandfinalcomedydebate.com


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