logo My Place to Learn

St Paul's News

AFLW footy stars inspire St Paul’s students

Date: April 30, 2021

During a special AFL Skills Clinic, St Paul’s Year 6 students at the Warragul Junior School and Years 4 to 6 at the Traralgon Junior School, recently benefited from meeting two of the best AFLW players, Georgia Patrikios and Caitlin Greiser from the St Kilda Football Club. In 2020 Caitlin was AFLW’s leading goal kicker and named in the All Australian team.  Georgia was named in the All Australian team in 2021.

During the practical component of the clinic, the students practised kicking, handball and marking drills, with Georgia and Caitlin providing some tips about how they could improve their skills.

The students also showed a keen interest during a Q&A session asking the AFLW stars questions about how they became professional athletes and the results they have achieved.

The clinic is a part of a partnership the St Kilda Football club has formed with St Paul’s and the school’s Elite Sports Performers (ESP) Program, which aims to assist young athletes competing at a state, national or international level in their chosen sport to balance the demands of school with their sporting commitments.

From May 2021 St Paul’s will also be linked with two leading Sport Science professionals that will assist ESP students in their holistic athlete development by making it easier to access elite level athlete development advice.