Michelle Harris in action

WA's 2011 Female Coach of the Year

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

WA's Australian Football Coaches Association (AFCA) State Awards Presentation was held mid- November at the Fremantle Dockers Football Club.
Categories included:

  • Auskick (5 – 8 years)
  • Modified Rules (9 – 12 years)
  • Youth (13 – 18 years)
  • Senior Community (Open)
  • Female (junior, youth and open)

Hosted by Craig Starcevich, WA Football Commission High Performance Manager, the awards were presented in a casual forum with many WAFL coaches presenting the individual awards.
Southwest female football coordinator Michelle Harris from Boyanup was awarded WA's 2011 Female Coach of the Year.

Glenn Morley, WA Football Commission Club Development and Coaching Manager described Michelle’s achievements and involvement during season 2011.

“Michelle has continued her coaching pathway in 2011 since becoming one of the first female community coaches in WA to achieve Level Two status in 2009," he said. 

"She has coached the Cardinals 16s youth boys team to successive Grand Final appearances in 2010 and 2011, as well as served as an assistant coach to the Southwest Sirens squad (youth girls), Southwest 14s talent squads and recently been added to the list of high quality coaches on the Southwest Academy of Sport AFL coaching panel.

"Michelle is an inspiration to female coaches across the state and her development style of coaching has been a key to her success in winning this award."
A qualified teacher, Michelle has achieved great success in the growth of community and school female football participation.

In 2010 Michelle received a Department of Sport & Recreation Regional Coach Scholarship which enabled her to attend the AFL National Coaching Conference in Melbourne in January 2011.
Michelle not only dedicates her time to coaching, but coordinates the Female Football program in the southwest region, one that has seen the formation of junior girls, youth girls and open women competitions starting up over the past two years.

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