Quest for Gridiron Green & Gold
It’s Marissa here. For those of you who don’t know, I have recently been selected to represent Australia in the FIRST EVER Women’s National Gridiron Team. It will be a privilege to create history and play such an integral part of growing the game in Australia, especially for women.
In 2010, the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) held the first Women’s World Championship event in Stockholm, Sweden, with 6 countries competing. Hosted every 4 years, the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Cup will be held this June in Langley, Canada where Australia will field its first ever Women’s National Team in America Football. It is there that we will compete against 5 other countries – USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico and Finland.
During my short time within the sport, I have been fortunate enough to represent my state, competing for the Queensland Sundevils in the inaugural Women’s Australian Gridiron League competition in 2014. In 2016, I once again earned that honour, with the first game taking place in April. In addition to state selection, I was privileged enough in 2016 to be selected amongst the most talented women in Australia to fight for an international position at the Australian Outback Women’s Selection Camp for the 2017 IFAF World Cup Championships. I am sincerely humbled, to say the least, that I earned a spot on the 52-women roaster.
Unfortunately, with women’s sport both underappreciated and unrecognised throughout Australia, as well as the little to no corporate sponsorship for individuals in our amateur sport, such an international event is completely self-funded by the athletes. Thus, the reality of a childhood dream of representing the green and gold is somewhat diminished with the thought of such a financial burden… that’s why I need YOUR help.
For the price of a coffee (or a schooner!) you could make a big difference in helping make my dream come true. Funds raised go towards all my team fees such as flights, accommodation, unifrom and administration fees.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and every donation made helps me get closer to the World Championships in Canada. So thank you to everyone who has supported me thus far on my journey and I hope to do you all proud!
For partial or full sponsorship packages, please contact me via phone, email or the link below. Thank you once again in advance for your support & generosity, everything makes a difference.
If YOU are considering DONATING please contact me BEFORE you process through the gofundme link as I have alternative payment arrangements!
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