Norwood Football Club  

8/02/2017 11:14:58 AM

Norwood’s Nikki Gore won’t be fazed by facing women when the talented teenager tackles the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League.

Aged just 16, Gore was last month the only South Australian to attend the inaugural AFL Women’s Academy – as a Level 1 scholarship holder – in Canberra.

Speaking on SANFL Radio, the Redlegs midfielder said the Academy was a great experience after being tested physically and being given the chance to hone her skills under the tutelage of star Western Bulldogs player Aasta O’Connor.

”The program is primed to harness and develop talent that in the past, may have been lost to other sports,” O’Connor said.

”The aim of the elite program is for the best underage talent from across Australia to not only come out better footballers, but to be positive role models within their communities.

”Established late last year, the academy offers girls opportunities that boy have had for years, including football, leadership, personal development, sessions with AFL clubs, access to expert coaching, sport science and medical and welfare staff.”

Now back training with the Redlegs under coach Steve Symonds, Gore is excited about the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League kicking off at The Parade on Friday February 17.

From Christies Beach Football Club, the lightly-framed on-baller reveals how she came to love Australian Football, with her Mum barracking for Norwood and her Dad following South Adelaide.

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