In the lead-up to AFLW season 2 – and also November 2017's Money In Sport conference where the Brisbane Lions' Digital & Innovation Manager Brendan Graham and other sporting industry peeps will be speaking – we chat to one of the big Brisbane Lions AFLW stars...
Name: Sabrina Frederick-Traub
Lives: Hawthorne, Qld
Studying: Sports psychology at Murdoch University
How did you start playing AFL?
I was born in England but moved to a country town called Pinjarra, about an hour from Perth, at age seven. I had no idea what AFL was when I moved to Australia – at first I thought it was rugby! At my new school I saw the kids playing AFL at recess and lunch religiously. I decided to give it a go – otherwise I would’ve been sitting on my own at recess and lunch. I kept playing because I actually really enjoyed it and started to make friends with the boys, which made me feel more comfortable at school. A few years later, in grade 6, the school AFL coach told me I had to trial for the school team. I made the school team – the first ever girl. The same year, I joined the local team where my boy friends all played.
What do you love most about the game?
I love the physicality and all-rounder-sport nature of it. I also love the culture and people it can bring together.
What would you say to a woman toying with the idea of joining an AFL team?
It’s so much fun, you gain a whole new family while playing a challenging sport. Honestly, I think it’s the best game in the world, as a whole package. The atmosphere that comes with it and the people it brings together are like nothing else.
What are some things most people don’t know about you?
I have an afro and it can take me up to six hours to braid my hair. My friends call me ‘Brown Bear’ (because I look very scary like a wild bear and then when you get to know me I’m like a teddy bear). And I’m obsessed with sneakers.
What's your favourite fuel/recovery meal?
Vegetable spaghetti Bolognese.
Do you play any other sports?
I played soccer until recently. I still play a bit of soccer and basketball in relaxed environments.
Can't get enough of AFLW, and sport in general? You've still got a little time to purchase tickets to 2017's Money In Sport conference on the Gold Coast, 12-14th November.