AKEC - THE AFLW PLAYER
Akec Makur Chuot is a South Sudanese former AFLW player and Richmond FC VFLW player. Akec was raised by her single mother in a family of seven, and for twelve years they lived in Kakuma, refugee camp in Kenya. After nine years in the camp she was finally granted humanitarian VISA to Australia. In 2009, she came across AFL. The East Perth Football Club were doing an all-girls carnival, and they wanted girls to play. Today Akec works for AFL Victoria as a multicultural development officer as part of the AFL Sports ready traineeship program, which is designed to provide opportunities for young people from culturally diverse backgrounds. The reason Akec went to footy was because she never saw many African girls playing the game and she wants all girls to play AFI want girls to say, ‘I want to do what she did!’
AFL Women's is Australia's national Australian rules football league for female players. The first season of the league began in February 2017 with 8 teams, expanded to 10 teams in the 2019 season, and expanded to 14 teams in the 2020 season. The quarters will run for 15mins apiece and the whole match will be done and dusted in 2hrs. Teams will play one side that is considered to be in the top four of the opposing conference, and one who is in the bottom four (the two new sides in each pool are considered teams six and seven). The team who is ranked fourth can fit in either the top or bottom four.