FREMANTLE Docker Stephanie Cain is juggling study and an AFL career.
Halfback Cain, who is from High Wycombe and doing a science degree, is one of four Curtin University students in the Dockers team.
The other AFLW players in the purple are Hayley Miller, Belinda Smith and Brianna Green. Forward Dana Hooker is a Curtin alumna, and Curtin is sponsoring the Dockers’ next home game.
Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Deborah Terry said the development of the women’s league was a defining moment for Australian football, and the university was delighted to be part of it.
“The establishment of the women’s league sends a powerful message that elite performance, both on and off the sporting field, is not restricted by gender, the same way as it should not be restricted by race, background or religion,” Professor Terry said.
Curtin elite athletes co-ordinator Tarryn Dickerson has taken on a part-time role as the Dockers’ welfare officer.
Dickerson said her role involved providing support to players juggling their supporting commitments, work and study.
“It is an exciting opportunity to be involved in this inaugural squad and my role as a welfare officer allows me to help the players manage their busy schedules and ensure they are performing at their best on and off the field,” she said.
Fremantle’s women’s team play the Adelaide Crows on Sunday, February 26 at Fremantle Oval.