Aliesha Newman: AFL NSW/ACT’s Indigenous Ambassador

Photo: Phil Hillyard


Having just completed her first season as a Sydney Swan, speedster Aliesha Newman has signed on as AFL NSW/ACT’s Indigenous Ambassador, supported by Transport for NSW.

Newman is a proud Ningy Ningy woman and is ready to work with dozens of NSW Indigenous footballers from NSW and the ACT in her new role.

A foundation AFLW player, Newman played nine matches for the Swans in Season 7 taking her career tally to 48. She’s known for her fierce attack on the ball and her penetrating kick. Sydney is Aliesha Newman’s third club, having played with Collingwood (two seasons) and Melbourne (four seasons) previously.

“I’m so proud to help give back to the community I love through the game I love,” said Newman upon her appointment.

“There have been so many amazing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island sportspeople who I’ve looked up to as an athlete, and I hope I can be a role model for Indigenous players at all levels across NSW and the ACT.”


Indigenous v Multicultural match this weekend

One of Aliesha Newman’s first jobs as AFL NSW/ACT’s Indigenous Ambassador will be to attend a match on Sunday, 6 November and inspire young Indigenous women aged 13-16, playing in a talent identification match. Players will come from across NSW and the ACT, showing their wares as they play against a side of multicultural players from NSW and the ACT.

These players are part of AFL NSW/ACT’s Indigenous Youth Girls Leadership Program and the Multicultural Girls Youth Leadership program. Through the program, players will learn about pre-match routines, mental health and wellbeing, and road safety thanks to a longstanding partnership with Transport for NSW.

The following players have been selected for this weekend’s Indigenous v Multicultural match and the Indigenous Girls Youth Leadership Program:



Ruby SparkTamworth Kangaroos
Deja BarlowBellingen Bulldogs
Taya WhiteKillarney Vale Bombers
Ava HintonNorth Broken Hill
Lucy DriscollBathurst Bushrangers
Karmel Kohunui PottsCamden JAFC
Jazlyn MorganEast Sydney JAFC
Savannah NewtonCardiff Hawks
Yve FittockNorthern Districts Tigers
Jorja BorgBankstown Sports AFL Club
Charli HunterOrange Tigers
Olivia CannellAinslie Tricolours
Bridget SaundersCamden JAFC
Miranda KingSouth Broken Hill Football Club
Jamaica-Rose MartinUlladulla Dockers JAFC
Emmersen LihouNorth Broken Hill Football Club
Tiarna Furneyvall 
Shaleah CooperMoama Junior Football Club
Jemika CooperMoama Junior Football Club
Brooke TurnerKillarney Vale Bombers



Aluel YonyGungahlin Jets
Amelie Prosser-ShawBaulkham Hills AFC
Darcie Prosser-ShawBaulkham Hills AFC
Aysha SanchezBomaderry JAFC
Hannah PhillipsFigtree Australian Football Club
Imogen HungerfordWilloughby Junior AFL Club
Julia MachlissEast Sydney JAFC
Kiana FinauEast Sydney JAFC
Layla GoshtiAinslie Tricolours 
Lily RaceGlebe Junior AFL Club
Lily SullivanLane Cove Cats Junior AFL Club
Manuela QueirozWilloughby Junior AFL Club
Montana DoubellFigtree Australian Football Club
Natasha HamiltonWollondilly JAFC
Niamh McMahonWestern Suburbs JAFC
Steph WilkinsSt Ives JAFC
Marie JohnsonForest Lions JAFC
Jenna WhitehandForest Lions JAFC
Ruby GraingerNorthern Districts Tigers JAFC


The match provides an opportunity for the girls to represent their state and culture, and completes the diversity talent pathway for 2022. The program is scheduled to recommence in the first quarter of 2023.


Stay tuned to AFL NSW/ACT’s website for a match report and images from the program.