Female football specialist and expert commentator Chyloe Kurdas took the stage at LSV’s Female Leadership Network (FLN) session ‘Ground Breakers’ in June, inspiring members of the FLN to consider the power of persistence and the importance of overcoming adversity.
Ms Kurdas shared her journey through the Women’s Australian Football League (AFLW), exploring notions of resilience and leadership, giving insight into her active role in the evolution of women’s football from an amateur to a professional league.
A former All Australian and Victorian representative and Victorian Women’s Football League Premiership captain with Melbourne University, Ms Kurdas spent a decade with AFL Victoria building their community and high performance programs in anticipation of the AFLW competition.
Joining Ms Kurdas in addressing the Network was promising young footballer and active Fairhaven SLSC member Isabel Huntington, a Year 12 student and current member of the U18 AFLW National Academy.
Ms Huntington confidently spoke of her own experience as a young female athlete, motivating members with her passion and dedication. In addition to being a highly active member of her lifesaving club and a School Captain, she is currently working toward the exciting opportunity of being drafted to a club for the 2018 AFLW season.
LSV Manager Membership and Leadership Development Kate McLauchlan said this event was an opportunity for FLN members to be inspired by the women that are paving the way, not just in sport but in many areas.
“Both Chyloe and Isabel have demonstrated what is required to make something you are passionate about become a reality,” she said.
“It’s so inspiring to hear Chyloe’s story, she is a trailblazer who has worked tirelessly for 20 years leading the growth of female football.
“It has been an honour to gain insight into how and why she’s remained so resilient and determined in difficult times, while striving to achieve her mission over these years.
“The FLN is privileged to have had both Chyloe and Isabel with us to speak at this event.
“It’s clear to see that the perspectives given by each of these women has motivated many of our members to reconsider what’s possible in the face of adversity.”
Held at the newly rebuilt St Kilda Life Saving Club, the FLN session gave members and guests a chance to network in a picturesque location on Port Phillip Bay, for many also providing a first introduction to an LSV ‘Clubhouse of the Future’.
The Female Leadership Network was launched by LSV in 2013
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