With just three games of football under her belt, Claudia Whitfort has been picked up by Melbourne at No.30 in the second AFL Women’s draft.
Let’s backtrack to those three games of football that we mentioned. No, we’re not messing with you. This talented 18-year-old is very new to the game, but not to sport. She’s played state league netball, captained the Victorian lifesaving team and won silver and bronze at the state athletics titles. Fittingly, at Peninsula Grammar’s recent Colours Dinner, the Year 12 student was awarded the Principal’s Colours for Sport as well as Full Colours for athletics and netball and for Town House.
After seeing an advertisement on Facebook for a fitness testing day for girls keen to play AFLW, she thought, “Why not?” After testing very well, Claudia was invited to try out for several AFLW teams.
Claudia took a break from her exam studies to fill Mornington Peninsula Magazine in on the exciting details. “I didn’t think this was in my future, but I like it a lot. I’ve been keen on sport since aged 6 – I just fell in love with it.”
Pre-season training starts on Tuesday, November 21, and Claudia has already been to the Demons for a tour, uniform pick-up and a barbecue with the other six girls who were picked. Out of the six, four are in the draft and two are in the rookie draft. “I’ll be in and out of the club now until then, as I can’t wait to start the skills training,” Claudia said.
With the women’s football season starting February, she’s eager to balance her sport life with her university life. Claudia hopes for a science degree at Melbourne University; a gap year isn’t on the cards because she’s afraid she’ll lose her study momentum. What a ball she’ll have next year!
“I’m stoked and honoured to be a part of the prestigious club. It’s such an amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to get to know the other girls too.”