Wellness Hub August 2016 Women in Sport: Steph Chiocci Swisse August 25, 2016 Share A member of the Carlton Football Club since age two, football is in Steph Chiocci’s DNA. As the only girl on her primary school team, she turned her love for the game into a fully-fledged football career, now captaining her Victorian Women’s Football League club of 10 years, Diamond Creek. In 2006, when Chiocci joined the club, she was named the VWFL Best First Year Player in a premiership winning side and went on to be an AFL Female Ambassador for Victoria. Chiocci also counts being selected in four All Australian sides and playing for the Western Bulldogs in every Women’s AFL Exhibition match since the initiative kicked off in 2013, on her list of achievements. Change her game The Western Bulldogs player recognises she didn’t make it there alone, crediting the likes of Peta Searle and Debbie Lee as female pioneers in the game. “People say you make your own luck, but I wouldn't have got anywhere without them,” she told The Age. Now she’s ardent about passing it down the line, as an ambassador for Change Her Game, a positive online movement to raise the profile of women in sport. Fronting a video for the campaign she says: “We’re just as passionate, we’re just as skilled and we love it just as much, so it’s no different to the boys.” A petite 55kg and 170cm tall, Chiocci’s got her priorities down. In the same interview when asked if she felt fear on the football ground, she made it clear that looking after herself came first. “I don't feel fear. My fear is the national competition will come and I won't be there. That I'll miss through injury. I'd be pretty upset if that happened.” We can’t wait to see what’s next for this gamechanger. Swisse is the official partner of the Victorian Women’s Football League.