Brownlow dream comes true for trainee
Eighteen year old Queensland trainee Tayla Harris is set to present at the 2015 Brownlow after her stellar performance at last year’s Women’s AFL match.
‘I’m still pinching myself. It’s something I never thought possible and now here I am with my dress and heals ready to go! I just can’t believe it’s happening,’ she said.
At only 17 Tayla was drafted by Melbourne Football Club in the 2014 AFL National Women’s Draft. She then went on to play the Western Bulldogs in a block buster clash that saw her take a phenomenal mark.
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‘If it wasn’t crazy enough that I was going to the Brownlow, they also asked me to present the Mark of the Year Award for the hanger I took. That’s what really shook me,’ she explained.
Tayla’s spectacular mark sparked widespread publicity and was even featured on TV advertising the AFL. It was a pretty big achievement, probably the biggest in my life and something I will be always proud of.’
Tayla is currently completing her second traineeship with AFL Queensland. With the young gun paying footy since the age of 5, she hopes to one day play professionally.
‘Women’s AFL is starting to really be recognised which is great news for girls like me who are so passionate about it.’
‘The industry is something I definitely want to stay in and thanks to AFL SportsReady I have made so many networks and contacts that my dreams are made possible.
The traineeship opportunity gave Tayla the extra push she needed to get her foot in the door.
‘It is such a competitive field to work in, but I now have the experience and confidence to go all the way! Even if I don’t play professional football the traineeship has provided me with a backup career plan.’
And the real question is who will be accompanying Tayla on the red carpet?
‘My special guest is my Dad! I think he is more excited than me.’
Watch Tayla in action at the 2015 Brownlow Medal next Monday 28 September on Channel 7.
ARTICLE BY: MARISSA PAGLIARELLO