AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) is pleased to announce that the Northern Territory has seven players participating in the 2018 AFL Medleys and Rio Tinto AFL Woomeras Leadership Program which begins today, Tuesday March 13, in Melbourne.
Taylah Pati has been named in the 2018 AFL Medley squad, while Molly Althouse, Talia Corrie, Martha De Santis, Shakira Henry, Samara Puruntatameri and Stephanie Williams have been named in the 2018 AFL Woomeras leadership program.
Currently in its sixth year, the Rio Tinto AFL Woomeras team is the national under-16 female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander development program while the Medleys is the national under-16 female Multicultural development program.
Our NT participants are part of the 50 strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural players from across the country that will participate in the six-day camp focussing on personal and cultural development and high performance training.
The program will see the Medleys and Woomeras enjoy sessions including cultural education, nutrition, mental health and building team values. Held separately, each respective program will tour and train at AFL clubs before coming together to compete in two exhibition matches.
This is the second Medleys program, mirroring the World Team pathway for boys of the same age, while the Woomeras team mirrors the Rio Tinto AFL Flying Boomerangs pathway for the boys.
AFLNT Manager of Talent and Pathways, Wally Galio, believes these AFL programs are beneficial for any player going and is excited for the opportunity given to these young Territorians.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for our players to be part of a national program, where they will receive high level coaching, leadership and life skills both on and off the field.
“This will also give the players the opportunity to commence their journey on the AFL national talent pathway,” said Gallio
The Medleys will play against the Woomeras in a match on Thursday, March 15 at the Richmond Football Club (2.00pm) and on Saturday, March 17, at Victoria Park (12.00pm). It will be only the second time an all-Indigenous girls' team will play an all-Multicultural girls' side in an official match.
Participants for both programs were selected following a three-stage process where hopefuls attended state try-outs before being selected for the State Kickstart Team (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) or State All Nations Team (Multicultural). Following the AFL National Diversity Championships held in Byron Bay in October last year, 50 participants were selected for the respective Medleys or Woomeras team.
Participants were selected based on their performance during the Diversity Championships held in Byron Bay, September 2017.
2018 Medleys team
2018 Woomeras team
Martha De Santis
Rio Tinto is the principal partner to all of the AFL's Indigenous Programs. Rio Tinto is one of Australia's largest employers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, employing some 1600 Aboriginal men and women across the nation.