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Kate McCarthy - AFLW


Kate was just 10 years old when she had multiple seizures in a day. Initially the doctors thought it was epilepsy related, however they later discovered she had a grade-three heart blockage and her heart could no longer maintain its own rhythm. Something very unusual in someone so young and active. Doctors weren’t sure if she would ever be able to play sport again, but she didn’t let that stop her. After representing Australia in Touch Football and running at the Pan Pacific Youth Games in the 100m and 200m, Kate has also represented Queensland in cricket. Surprisingly, Kate has only been playing AFL for 2 two years, playing for Yeronga South Brisbane before being drafted to the Brisbane Lion’s at pick number 82 in the first Women’s National Draft. She is an outside midfielder, known for her lightning fast speed and ability to score goals. She played every game in the 2017 Inaugural AFLW season, including the first ever AFLW Grand Final. She was selected in the All Australian team and nominated for 'Goal of the Year.' Her success in the sporting arena is not the only thing that motivates Kate. She has chosen to be strong contributor to her community working as a secondary education teacher and has recently been an announced as an ambassador for the Heart Foundation. The Heart Foundation played a vital role in the research behind the invention of the pacemaker.


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