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More than silverware

AFL is my thing – I’ve loved it as long as I can remember. Being a Hawthorn fan, it was easy to love what happened on the field and for years that was enough. But the longer I have lived, the more that love has been complicated, fraught and frequently challenged.

Sport has been driving community development for generations of Australians

“You’re starting on the bench today,” said my Under-11’s soccer coach on a cold and windy Sunday in 1994. I didn’t end up playing at all that game and it was freezing. Maybe I should’ve tried harder at the training session leading up to match day?

What makes a winner?

You can hardly talk about Australian culture without talking about sport. Whether it’s surfing down the coast on the weekend, playing a game of backyard cricket with your mates, or cheering on your team at the MCG, most Australians participate in sport in some way.

The simple motto that sees Melbourne Storm through all kinds of weather

Brian Phelan is the player development manager at Melbourne Storm, a position he has held since 2006. For many years, Brian has been a friend of the Victorian Women’s Trust (VWT), one of the creators of Club Respect, and he is the prime example of someone who uses sport to bring people together.

More money may be pouring into women’s sport, but there’s still a dearth of female coaches

Participation in women’s sport has grown exponentially in recent years. There are 80,000 more females playing Australian rules football in 2017; females now account for 30% of all participants. And there are now 1,690 dedicated female teams – an increase of 76% on 2017 numbers.