Women in Sport: Lauren Arnell

Swisse
August 20, 2016

Good things come in threes – as triplet Lauren Arnell is well aware. Originally a basketball player, she made the move to Aussie rules out of coincidence.

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“I started playing football when I was 17. I had moved from Lakes Entrance to Ballarat for uni and was looking for a new basketball team. Luckily the first friends I met played AFL for North Ballarat. I always wanted to play, so it worked out perfectly!” she told Fox Sports.

Since then Arnell’s built an impressive career. Now in her 11th season with the Darebin Falcons, Arnell has won eight Victorian Women’s Football League premierships and is a six-time Victorian and three-time All Australian selection.

 

Playmakers and gamechangers

Not content with on field wins, she comfortably leads the charge to put women’s football on the map.

Whether people come and watch a training session or they see it on the TV or they come and watch a game ... they see that women can really play a decent brand of footy and it's worth watching,” Arnell told the ABC.

But it’s off field where she really shines. Earlier this year, Arnell was named The Carlton Football Club’s first female ambassador. In addition to advising them on what it takes to create a successful girl’s side, she’s helping develop their bid for a license in the 2017 national women’s competition.

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A national women’s league

“To have an influence, and what I see as a very important influence, in shaping how the first ever national league looks, how it feels and what the environment is for the players … coaches and clubs, I pinch myself every day and I feel like it’s a golden opportunity,” she told The Weekly Times.

The midfielder and defender knows it’s just as important to give back, holding coaching roles with the Calder Cannons, the state schoolgirls under-16 team and the AFL Victoria indigenous Kickstart girls team.

And her mantra? You get out what you put in. We couldn’t agree more…

 

Swisse is the official partner of the Victorian Women’s Football League.

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