MEET Kaitlyn Ashmore. She plays football like a girl.
Ashmore made the move this season from North Ballarat Eagles to Melbourne University to play in the Victorian Women’s Football League premier division.
It was a move that catapulted Ashmore into a Big V guernsey and her dream of running on to the MCG in the first AFL-sanctioned women’s game between Melbourne and Western Bulldogs.
She is excited to find out where the hard work on her game might take her next in the dynamic football world.
The 21-year-old guard is among a new generation of the city’s emerging sportswomen shaking things up in Australian sporting arenas.
We selected a few talented Ballarat athletes to showcase in an exclusive online gallery for thecourier.com.au as they prepare for battle. Ashmore is featured with champion sprinters Tara Domaschenz, Nadia Domaschenz and Holly Dobbyn, former world champion karate fighter Shannyn Johnstone-Ward, junior Fed Cup tennis player Zoe Hives, emerging Opals basketballer Abbey Wehrung and Youth Olympic badminton competitor Tara Pilven.
Each already has an impressive story to their game so far as they work to break into the world’s top sporting ranks, and each is aiming to achieve big dreams.