The Rio Tinto Woomeras program is a national female Indigenous development program which immerses participants into an elite training environment, with the aim of increasing football and personal development as well as leadership skills. These Indigenous players are selected from the Female Diversity Championships with the objective to excel with their football ability, enhance their leadership potential and explore their cultural identity
The Program Experience
Tayla Thorn, 2015 Woomeras participant, now playing in the AFLW for the Adelaide Crows:
The Woomeras program has been one of the best programs I’ve been a part of and I’m so privileged to have experienced it not once but twice. 2013 was the first year that I was a part of Woomeras program and it was the year it all started for my journey.
Before this program I didn’t know such things as my culture, language and AFL. The Woomeras program taught me many things but the thing that caught my attention straight away was too re-connected with my culture and what an impact that AFL can have on young Indigenous women.
In the years I’ve been in this program I have never felt stronger or determined about my culture. I’ve made more and more sacrifices to learn my culture, my language and spent more time on my land with the elders to continue to tell future generations to come and keep my culture strong.
The program has taught me about setting goals and by setting goals you can achieve anything. I want to encourage young women to start setting goals and making sacrifices to be the best player they can be. Now that there is an AFLW league my goal is to get as many young Indigenous women to play as possible. This year in the AFLW league there were 12 Indigenous players, next year I want to double that thanks to this amazing program it is possible to make dreams become reality.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
The Woomeras program is our National AFL Female Indigenous program. Selection into this program is through the Female Kickstart Championships. Participants are required to compete with their state team at the championships to be eligible for selection in the Woomeras Team.
To find our how to be involved in your state Kickstart team please contact your State's AFL Indigenous Programs Manager.
If you were selected as a 2018 Woomera at the Diversity Championships in Byron Bay (2017), please register your details here: https://membership.sportstg.com/regoform.cgi?formID=57516