VicHealth 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
Carolyn Hills has been a trailblazer within women's football and her commitment to the WAWFL (WA Women’s Football League has seen the league grow to become a healthy female sporting competition that constantly strives for professionalism and excellence. Carolyn has taken on volunteer roles within teams, within club committees, within the governing Board of the League since 2005, and for 7 years has been President of the WAWFL – the longest serving president in WAWFL history.
Charmaine Rogers has been supporting the progression of women in Australian Rules Football since 1996 and has undertaken various roles within the WAWFL for the past 21 years. Through her role as a board member and WAWFL president she has been able to support growth in female participation and developed strategies to ensure financial stability and secure the future of female football in WA.
Julie Allan is proud to be a woman involved in the AFL, from her days of going to the football as a child, from her volunteer work at Gisborne Junior Football Club and Essendon Football Club. Julie is instrumental in the Social Marketing Committee raising funds over the past 17 years through organising Trivia Nights, Dinner Dances and a Fashion Parade along with organising sponsors and prize donors.
Leanne Backwell is the highly respected President of the Lancefield Football Netball Club.. Her professional and tireless approach to the role has brought many positive outcomes to the club. Leanne has worked with players to draw up an action plan to encourage gender equality and a family friendly environment at the Club. Leanne has also led social justice initiatives for mental health awareness and to build an ongoing relationship with the Salvation Army’s Foley House.