Australian Olympian Nicole Livingstone has been appointed as the new Head of Women’s Football.
Livingstone competed in three Olympic Games as a swimmer for Australia, and has since taken up sports administration and television roles.
She most recently appeared on ABC TV as the host of sports/comedy show Sideliners.
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said the league was thrilled to have Livingstone on board.
“Nicole is a champion in every sense – as an athlete, an administrator and an advocate for women in sport,” McLachlan said.
“It is fantastic to get a person of her quality to lead our new national league.
“Our first season generated a groundswell of support, and I am thrilled that Nicole is going to join the team to turn that energy into a growing, sustainable and successful women’s competition.
“Nicole has served sport at the highest level, on the Board of the Australian Olympic Committee, as a Director of Swimming Australia, Deputy Chair of VicHealth and Chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport. I am so pleased that our game has attracted someone of her quality and capacity.”
Livingstone said she was excited to lead the women’s game into its future.
“After a stellar inaugural AFLW season, I look forward to leading our women into 2018 and beyond,” Livingstone said.
“The growth of women’s AFL has been extraordinary. Every Australian girl can now actively pursue footy as their passion, past time or career. Importantly girls can now follow their dreams and as they do, we will continue to break down any barriers that may exist.
“I’m excited by the challenge of growing the sport from a community grass roots level right through to high performance along with ensuring the league is commercially sustainable.
“There are many passionate AFL people around the country, all wanting to see the AFLW find its place in the hearts and minds of Australians and I look forward to connecting with them,” she said.
Livingstone has resigned her roles with the Australian Olympic Committee and VicHealth to take up the AFL role.
She takes up the new gig on December 4th.