ATSICHS Brisbane Jimbelunga IYHS

Meet Australia’s first female Indigenous Gridiron gun, selected to represent country and culture & she works for us!

Meet Grace, our wonderful receptionist at our Northgate clinic. Only in her early 20’s she has been selected as the first Indigenous women to make the Australian Grid Iron team!

Being the first indigenous Australian woman to play American football in Australia is a very big achievement for Grace for which she is very proud. Her ambition is to play for the Chicago Force women’s football team – the leading women’s American football team in the USA.

“To represent my country and my culture this year at the IFAF Women’s World Championship in Canada is a great honour and a dream come true to me,” said Grace.

Grace is set to play in Canada in June this year at the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Women’s World Championship. The event will be hosted by Football Canada in partnership with the British Columbia Provincial Football Association (BCPFA). The six-team event features the top female tackle football players from around the world. Participating nations include the United States, the reigning and two-time women’s worlds gold medalist, the respective gold and silver European championship medalists, Finland and Great Britain, as well as Australia, Mexico, and Canada.

Following a gruelling national selection process where squads were cut down from 150 to 52 women, Grace was a standout.

Here at the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane we’re so very proud of her efforts. She is currently training 3 times a week with Jessie Williams.

Read her story on NITV . . .