AFLW inaugural game
In February 2017, more than 22,000 fans descended on Ikon Park for the first match in the new AFLW competition, between Carlton and Collingwood. Via television sets and social media, the rest of the nation watched on as more than 1000 fans were locked outside. The game had already been shifted from the smaller-capacity Olympic Park, with the AFL expecting a crowd of about 12,000. It was a landmark moment proving that there’s a big thirst for women’s sport.
Emily Seebohm, swimming
In July 2017, Seebohm won gold in the 200m backstroke at the World Championships in Budapest. Seebohm was back in fourth place when she made the last turn in the race but managed an incredible last lap to snatch gold from Hungarian favourite Katinka Hosszú and set a personal best time and national record of 2min 5.68sec. This was her second consecutive world title in this event, and came a year after her Rio 2016 campaign was damaged by a battle with endometriosis.
Madison de Rozario, para-athlete
Triple Paralympic silver medallist de Rozario showed her dominance on the track at July’s World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 after coming away with gold in the 5000m T53 event. Taking an early lead, de Rozario found herself in and out of gold medal contention throughout the race, before surging forward in the final lap to hold off American rivals Amanda McGrory and Chelsea McClammer.
The Matildas, soccer
In August, the Matildas won the 2017 Tournament of Nations, after an emphatic 6-1 victory against Brazil.
Molly Taylor, rally car driving
Last November, Taylor, driving for Subaru, became the first female – and youngest ever – winner of the Australian Rally Car Championship 2016.
Tia-Clair Toomey, CrossFit
In August 2017, Australia’s Toomey was declared “the fittest woman on Earth”, as she won the world CrossFit Games.