Just over a week ago the face of Australian sport changed forever.
The long-awaited launch of the AFL Women’s League was met by tens of thousands of fans with open hearts — and opens lungs — cheering across boundary lines for four huge days of footy. Here’s what went down:
The women’s competition is already a welcome antidote to the boy’s club of it’s male-led counterpart. It also represents a much-needed, gigantic step forward, not just for the AFL, but for sport in this country as a whole.
With it, comes a new generation of diverse role models, like GWS Giants captain Emma Swanson, one of several openly same-sex attracted players in the league.
“To put it into perspective for you, I probably couldn’t tell you who’s gay or who’s straight and it doesn’t mean anything anyway,” she told Mamamia.
“I know that there are some girls who have husbands in our team and some girls have a same-sex partner.
“It doesn’t actually play a part and we don’t judge on that and we don’t exclude people based on their sexuality.”
Swanson, 21, is in a relationship with her teammate and fellow marquee player 29-year-old Renee Forth.
The couple, who are both from Western Australia met in 2012 playing state-level football — unfortunately both are yet to debut in the AFLW due to injury.