Welcoming our Latest Graduates

Welcoming our Latest Graduates

Welcoming our Latest Graduates

Congratulations! You did it! This is a tremendous achievement especially, considering the huge challenges that you had to face last year. We couldn’t be prouder!

Although there were no big events, no in-person graduation ceremonies we still want to recognise and celebrate every trainee that completed their traineeship and share a special shout out to all our host employers and partners who make our program possible.

This year, we celebrated our graduates digitally with special video messages from the AFL SportsReady staff that supported them throughout their journey. As for the 2021 Trainee award winners, where possible, we surprised them at their workplace and presented their award at a morning tea.

So, to the winners across the country, congratulations on excelling, thriving and demonstrating the highest grade of work, diligence and passion through your traineeship journey.

The winners for each state are:

South Australia

  • 2021 Trainee of the Year – Amber Chapman, Mount Carmel College, Certificate III in Sport & Recreation

Western Australia

  • 2021 Trainee of the Year – Jessica Cox, Swan Active Ballajura, Certificate III in Sport and Recreation


  • 2021 Trainee of the Year – Isabelle Garland at Somerset College
  • 2021 Indigenous Trainee of the Year – Giaan Eggmolesse at Kmart Gladstone


  • 2021 Trainee of the Year – Sophie Smith at Kingston Sports Centre
  • 2021 Aboriginal Trainee of the Year – Chelsea Clarke at Ulverstone Secondary College


  • 2021 Trainee of the Year – Mya Bye at Yarrawonga College
  • 2021 Indigenous Trainee of the Year – Nelson Aldridge at Yarra Ranges Shire Council

New South Wales/ACT

  • 2021 Trainee of the Year – Ysabella Wallace at the City of Sydney (ArtsReady)
  • 2021 Indigenous Trainee of the Year – Jasmarie Derrick at the University of Sydney – Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
We will be posting pictures of the winners on our social platforms over the coming week so don’t forget to follow our Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram pages.

Lastly, the opportunities we provide our young people would not be possible without the support from our hosts employers and partners who share our vision of giving young people a start in their career to see them grow and to see them succeed. Thank you for being part of our program and the role you play in supporting the young person.

So once again, here’s to the class of 2021, we look forward to seeing your continued growth and success as you enter into the next chapter of your life and even though you have graduated, the AFL SportsReady team will always be here cheering you on.

If you would like to kick-start your career we have heaps of amazing traineeship opportunities on our jobs board right now! You can see them here. 

IMAGE: 2021 Victorian Trainee of the year winner, Mya Bye, with her supervisor and AFL SportsReady staff.