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Photo courtesy of AFL Queensland.

Emily Wastle was announced by AFL commissioner Sam Mostyn as the winner of the Jill Lindsay Scholarship at the seventh women’s industry lunch hosted by the AFL on Wednesday.

Over 700 people were in attendance, celebrating 100 years since the first recorded game of Australian Football played by women.

The scholarship was created in 2011 in recognition of Lindsay’s outstanding service as the AFL’s longest serving employee having amassed 41 years with the AFL. Lindsay passed away on February 7, 2011 after losing her battle with cancer.

The AFL commission has awarded the Jill Lindsay scholarship annually over the past five years to the female graduate with the most potential to come through the AFL SportsReady program.

AFL SportsReady is the AFL’s official employment and training partner. AFL SportsReady is a not-for-profit company established in 1994 by Kevin Sheedy, Ian Collins, Bill Kelty, the Hon. Simon Crean MP and the AFL.

AFL SportsReady provides pathways to fields such as sport and recreation, banking and financial services, business administration, education, hospitality and retail and horticulture. 160 graduates who were former AFL SportsReady trainees currently work nationwide in the AFL industry.

Emily Wastle’s journey to the 2015 Jill Lindsay Scholarship began in 2010 when she won the AFL SportsReady School Based Trainee of the Year. In addition, she was also named the AFL Queensland SportsReady Trainee of the Year in 2011. She has since completed certificates II and III in community recreation and a certificate IV in business.

Wastle, 22, spent two years working as the AFL Queensland development coordinator in the Brisbane South region and was responsible for the diversity portfolio that engaged over 2000 participants with an Islamic background in her area through closely working with the Australian International Islamic College, the Islamic College of Brisbane and Milpera SHS to establish Queensland’s Inaugural Bachar Houli Cup.

Beyond her accomplishments off the field, Wastle has also contributed to on-field matters, working as an assistant coach at the state under 16 championships and the head coach of the women’s under 17 regional program.

Wastle is currently completing a bachelor of business, majoring in management and human resources at Griffith University and will be provided $20,000 through the scholarship to assist her further education endeavours.

Andi Pert, a senior human resources consultant who played in softball teams coached by Lindsay, will mentor Wastle for 12 months. Pert specialises in leadership development and executive coaching and has previously worked with organisations such as IBM, NAB, ANZ and Holden.

AFL Queensland CEO Michael Conlan commended Wastle’s work ethic and highlighted her as a model of success for current pathway trainees.

“Emily is an excellent example of how pathway works from trainee to full-time employee. I congratulate her and look forward to her continued progress,” Mr Conlan said.

AFL general manager of people, community and customer Dorothy Hisgrove spoke of the way that the Jill Lindsay Scholarship encourages young women to further education and development with the AFL industry.

“We are delighted to have young women like Emily working in the AFL and I know she will be one of our leaders in the future,” she said.