The Australian National University Australian Football Club (ANUAFC), in partnership with ANU Sport and AFL Canberra, is proud to offer a new AFL Women’s Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship is the first of its kind, creating a pathway for future generations of women aspiring to seek academic excellence and play Australian Football.

The criteria was based on a combination of demonstrated athletic ability and the potential to play an elite standard of AFL, academic results, financial need and leadership capability, and after much deliberation, the selection panel, comprised of ANU Sport CEO Michael Brady, AFL Canberra Regional Manager, Steven Mahar and ANUAFC President, Caitlin Roy, have determined that the 2017 recipient will be Phoebe Worth.

Phoebe has achieved sporting excellence previously in soccer, futsal and cricket, representing the ACT and Australia on numerous occasions, including as team captain for the 2015 F-League season. Through this scholarship, Phoebe hopes to inspire other young women to a make the transition to AFL as well as participate in sport on campus. This scholarship will be worth $5,000 per annum, for the duration of Phoebe’s study program at ANU. Phoebe will also be provided leadership and career development opportunities, both at the football club and as speaker and ambassador for the ANUAFC, ANU and AFL Canberra.  In addition to this, Phoebe, and the two other outstanding candidates who made it through to interview stage, Adela Michelson and Annabel Roden, have been offered positions in the NSW/ACT AFL Women’s Academy. This opportunity will give these players the chance to develop their AFL skills and their leadership skills, as well as represent the ANUAFC amongst other AFL clubs in Canberra, building networks and pathways to the AFLW.

This scholarship celebrates the success of the AFLW and ACT Women’s AFL competition in its 20th anniversary year, and reflects the ANUAFC’s ongoing commitment to women’s leadership in sport, on campus, in career, and in the community.