THIS year is proving important for Parris Laurie and the future development of the Hawks AFL Academy at Mater Dei College in Edgewater.
In 2018, Laurie was picked up by the Fremantle Dockers as draftee pick 49.
She played her debut game in the AFLW in round 1 and has continued to demonstrate her presence on the field.
Laurie’s success has served as an inspiration for the students in the Mater Dei College Hawks AFL Academy program.
Currently Laurie teaches in the specialist football program for boys and girls in years 7 to 11 while juggling her training and playing schedule with the Dockers.
“I was very excited because I had heard really good things about the footy program,” she said.
“I just really want to develop the girl’s side of the football program.”
Laurie said she wanted to help girls playing football outside school develop their skills and into talent pathways.
She played basketball earlier in her sporting career, attending a basketball specialist school and playing in the State Basketball League.
After feeling dissatisfaction with basketball, Laurie spent 2015 playing netball and Gaelic football, then switched codes to Australian Rules Football.
“It was around the same time as the start of the WAFL was starting up so there was an AFL pathway, so I switched across and haven’t looked back,” she said.