The 2019 AFL Medleys and Rio Tinto AFL Woomeras leadership program commences in Darwin today, with four Tasmanians in attendance. 

Currently in its seventh year, the Rio Tinto AFL Woomeras team is the national under-16 female football Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander development program, while the Medleys is the national under-16 female Multicultural development program, now in its third year.

Fifty Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural players from across the country will participate in a six-day camp focusing on personal and cultural development and high-performance training.

The program will see participants take part in sessions including cultural education, football education, nutrition, mental health and team bonding.

Held separately, each respective program will train at TIO Stadium before going head-to-head to compete on Saturday, March 9.

This will be the third time an all-Indigenous girls’ team will play an all-Multicultural girls’ squad in an official match.

Tasmanian duo Ebonie Agostini and Ella Young will be part of the AFL Medleys Team, while Aspen Auton and Claire Ransom will be in attendance as part of the Rio Tinto Woomeras Team.

Jim Ransom has also been appointed as one of the assistant coaches for the Woomeras Team.

AFL General Manager of Game Development Andrew Dillon said the AFL Medleys and Rio Tinto Woomeras programs are a great opportunity for young women to experience football in an elite environment and develop their skills on and off the field.

“We are incredibly excited to be running these programs once again as we have seen how beneficial they have been to so many young Multicultural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women around the country,” Mr Dillon said.

“The AFL Medleys and Rio Tinto Woomeras programs not only provide a platform for players to showcase their great talents, but also provide an opportunity for players to develop leadership skills which they can take back to their respective communities.”

Participants for both programs were selected following a three-stage process where applicants attended state try-outs before being selected for the State Kickstart Team (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) or State All Nations Team (Multicultural).

From these programs, 12 Rio Tinto Woomeras and 12 AFL Medleys will be selected to participate in the AFL Diversity All Stars Program later this year.

Rio Tinto is the official partner to all AFL Indigenous Programs. Rio Tinto is one of Australia’s largest employers of Indigenous people, employing some 1500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women across the nation.

See below for a list of this year’s program participants:

2019 Medleys Team:
Reyana           Guzel              VIC
Lyra                Veniegas         VIC
Charlotte        Baskaran         VIC
Nunia             Mafi                  VIC
Pontif             Janjamcuen      VIC
Tarrah            Delgado            VIC
Ebonie           Agostini            TAS
Ella                Young               TAS
Daniella          Rustom           NSW
Sarah             Heptinstall       NSW
Sibella            Sarraf              NSW
Eman             Asaad              NSW
Dema            Jarrar               NSW
Niamh            Grogan            QLD
Fleur              Davies             QLD
Bethlyn          Pasco              WA
Tamika           Saligari            WA
Cherry Mae    Cairo               WA
Cairo              Coventry         WA
Millie               Jones             WA
Cherylee         Waters           SA
Tyler                Attiwill            SA
Iesha               Ronberg         NT
Abigayle          Sekitoga         NT

2019 Woomeras Team:
Delta               Greenhalgh       VIC
Carlee             Hazlett              VIC
Katelyn            Hazlett             VIC
Aspen              Auton               TAS
Claire              Ransom            TAS
Afeni               Tabuai-Salee     NSW
Ciarn               Larrescy            NSW
Zileache          Aki-Fujii             QLD
Margaret         Dau                   QLD
Laquoiya         Motlap              QLD
Litonya             Motlap             QLD
Shaniqua        Tamwoy            QLD
Melisha           Hardy               WA
Chanel-Rose   Jetta                WA
Shakiro            Spratt              WA
Laura               Riley                WA
Ashleigh          Reidy               WA
Ella-Kae           Dalgety           WA
Bunce              Breanah          SA
Jasmine           Bathern           NT
Georgina         Runyu              NT
Marietta           Puautjimi         NT
Kaya                Mununggurr    NT
Kyanne           Campbell         NT
J’Noemi           Anderson        NT