MURDOCH University’s Elite Athlete Program (EAP) has received a ringing endorsement from the AFL national women’s league with two of its students selected among the competition’s 16 inaugural marquee players.
Chelsea Randall was recruited by Adelaide, while AFL multicultural ambassador Sabrina Frederick-Traub is heading to Brisbane.
Randall described last week’s announcement as the most significant moment in her sporting career.
“I’m ecstatic and feel so honoured and privileged to be a part of the national women’s league, as well as be named a marquee for such a supportive club,” she said.
“For me personally, it’s by far one of the biggest and proudest moments of my career, and on a bigger scale it means young female footballers now have elite AFL women’s players to aspire to across the country.”
Murdoch University EAP chairwoman Associate Professor Corinne Reid said she was elated with the announcement.
“We have developed an Elite Athlete Program to assist athletes competing at a national or international level to achieve their academic goals, while meeting the demands of an often vigorous training and competition regime,” she said.
“Along with our students heading to the Rio Olympics, we are thrilled to see Sabrina and Chelsea chosen as marquee players in the national women’s league.”
Randall is studying a Bachelor of Education at Murdoch University and said the support offered through the EAP had greatly assisted her in managing her study and sporting commitments.
“The Elite Athlete Program at Murdoch has been very helpful to me, especially being able to juggle my current training, work and study commitments,” she said.