Alex is a professional cricketer who has represented the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars since 2002. She is a specialist right handed batter and dynamic fielder. Standout moments in her career to date include captaining the Southern Stars to world Twenty20 glory in 2010 and reclaiming the Ashes against England in 2011 while at the helm.
She is the captain of the Lend Lease NSW Breakers, a team that has won 9 consecutive Women’s National Cricket League tittles and is on the hunt for 10 in a row.
Alex successfully combines elite sport with a career as a genetic counsellor. In this her 13th season as an international cricketer, Alex has transitioned into life as a full time professional athlete. This not only demonstrates the exciting developments in her sport, but also reflects the high esteem in which Alex is held.
Kerri Pottharst is Australia’s most decorated indoor and beach volleyball player, having represented her country for an incredible 22 years. She also remains the only Australian woman to have played professionally in the worlds most prestigious A1 Italian Indoor Volleyball League.
It was back in 1992, after a sickening knee injury that should have ended her volleyball career, that she moved from Indoor to the beach and then went on to compete in 3 Olympics and win two Olympic medals. One of those was Bronze at the Atlanta Olympics and then the Gold that everybody remembers so well, at Bondi Beach. She is renowned for being one of the fiercest competitors in the world of Volleyball; she was never out of the top 10 and rarely out of the top six in International Beach Volleyball events. She is an inspiration to her peers in sport and to others in their business and personal lives. Kerri’s vision is to continue to inspire and motivate through her warm and personal presentations and her fun, team-building corporate dayso n the beach. For more information please visit: www.kerripottharst.com
Naazmi Johnston is a Gymnastics Australia Hall of Fame inductee, heralded as Australia’s most successful ever rhythmic gymnast. After beginning her gymnastics career at age 7, Naazmi went on to win eight Australian Championship
titles including three as a senior international gymnast. As an Australian representative, Naazmi competed at four World Championships, two Commonwealth Games and also competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Naazmi won bronze in the team event, and in her final World Championship event in 2010, achieved the highest ever ranking by an Australian. Her career highlight was at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi where Naazmi won three gold medals, including the all-around title, in addition to two silver medals. Following her retirement after the Delhi games, Naazmi continues her contributions to gymnastics through her role as an Events and Sports Development Officer for Gymnastics NSW in addition to her position as Head Coach at the Ravenswood Rhythmic Gymnastics Centre.
Jayme Paris is an Australian Paralympic cyclist who lives by the motto “there is no such word as can’t”. Jayme is a C1 Para-cyclist which is the most disabled cyclist on a single bike and is the only female of this Class in the World. Jayme was initially a swimmer reaching national level however, was inspired by Claire McLean, A silver medallist for para-cycling at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. When she heard there needs to be more female para-cyclists, she knew it was for her. She then begun cycling in October 2004. Jayme first won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games in the Women’s 500 m Time Trial LC3-4/CP3 event as well as a World Record. At the 2012 London Paralympics, she went onto win a bronze medal in the 500 m Time Trial C1–. Jayme most recently achieved silver in the 500m TT at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships and achieved gold at the Australian Track Championships in both 500m TT and the 3000m IP.
Danielle Brogan is an Australian professional football (soccer) player of the highest level. Danielle currently plays for Sydney FC in the Australian W-League and has been part of the Matildas squad – the Australia women’s national association football team – since 2009. Danielle first represented NSW in football at age 12 and was a NSWIS Scholarship holder from 2003 to 2012. Her football achievements are many, including being 2003 NSW School Girl representative and selected in the Australian School Girls team in that year, a member of the NSW Sapphires (2003-2006), and representing Australia in the Young Matildas (U20 national team) between 2004 and 2006. Danielle was part of the FFA Club Champions Program, an Australian Government funded initiative, and was trained to provide information sessions on alcohol and other drugs to football players at all levels. She is a talented speaker who is able to communicate with a wide range of audiences, but her current focus is to work with school-based young people, particularly young women and promote healthy lifestyles and positive choices.
Jess Gardiner is Australia’s most successful off-road rider and has definitely made her mark on a traditionally male dominated sport. Jess is active in many sports however she first tried her hand at dirt biking at age 13 and quickly transitioned from motocross to off road. In 2013, Jess Gardiner aged just 20 years became the first Australian woman to win the International Six Day Enduro (Women’s class) and lead the Australian women’s team to victory. She has earned a reputation as a generous sportsperson who still finds time to mentor and encourage younger riders. Jess’s future is looking bright with her new aim to win the 2014 Enduro World Championships.
Indigenous rugby league player Eunice Grimes has made leaps and bounds in women’s rugby and currently plays for the Redfern All Blacks in the NSW Metropolitan Women’s Rugby Competition.
Hailing from Bourke, Grimes has played rugby league since she was a child and was noticed at country league competitions for her strength and power on the field.
She is a star player in the NSW Annual Indigenous Rugby League Knockout who has set the bar high for women in rugby league.
Watch a video on Eunice here.