Swans Women Nominated for Australia Day Award
The Lismore Swans Women's Squad has been nominated for Women's Sports Team of the Year in the Lismore Australia Day Awards ceremony.
Such a nomination is a huge honour and today's confirmation has excited many of the clubs members. One such Swans player is Zoe Goodsell who is delighted and honoured at the nomination, and it has allowed her to recognise the achievement on a deeper level. "We not only live in such a beautiful part of the world, but we get to share it with people of all different cultures and backgrounds."
"Similarly, the Lismore Swans AFL Club is made up of women from all over the Northern Rivers bringing various skills and personalities. This is why this award nomination is so fitting" Goodsell explains.
"This team is a community; a welcoming environment where everyone is accepted and their talents are recognised and valued."
Goodsell also believes the Swans club in general have greatly assisted the women over the last two years.
"It extends beyond just the women’s team- it’s every single club member that has helped get us to this point" Goodsell says. It's a fitting nomination towards not just the team, but the entire club for the hard work in developing the women's squad as the first Australian Rules team between the Gold Coast and Newcastle in 2016, which went on to claim the inaugural local competitions grand final in 2017, and backed it up again with a fantastic grand final win in 2018.
Newly appointed Swans Coach (more on this development soon) and former double premiership Captain Laura Cahill is delighted by the nomination and is happy for the team to be recognised. "F'ing fantastic for so much hard work, we are so proud and we can't wait to see if we have won the award on Australia Day" Cahill explains.
Senior Swans President Philip Chilli Tsourlinis is also delighted at the news of the nomination as well.
"Everyone involved in women's sport know how much they love playing it, and they literally are so motivated in helping themselves move forward together, its been so fantastic to watch them deliver such commitment and passion to our own game of Australian Rules Football". "Of course this has been an entire club effort, including our men's team in helping them confront their challenges" Tsourlinis said.
The ceremony will take place on January 26th at Lismore City Hall during the Australia Day Ceremonies. Good luck ladies and to everyone at the Lismore Swans AFC. Cheer Cheer.