Jorja Daniel was named Berrigan Shire Young Citizen of the Year on Australia Day for her role mentoring and supporting the region’s sole women’s football team.
Accepting the award at the Barooga ceremony, Ms Daniel was recognised for her ‘‘tireless contribution to women’s football’’.
She is coach of the Finley Wildcats, which comprises female players from the Berrigan, Edward River, Hay, Murray River and Murrumbidgee local government areas.
In 2017, Ms Daniel coached the Wildcats to a grand final. Unfortunately the team fell short by eight points to the Shepparton Bears.
She said her aim as the Finley Wildcats coach is to support development and not just to win, and she was proud to receive the shire accolade.
‘‘It feels nice not only to be recognised but to receive the award and share it with my family,’’ she said.
‘‘I had never coached before, so to be recognised is pretty humbling.’’
Ms Daniel said she got involved with the Wildcats to allow local women to explore sporting opportunities outside traditional female activities.
‘‘There’s already a pathway for girls to get into women’s sport through netball, so it’s important we create new ways (for other sports),’’ she said.
‘‘It’s one of the few sports girls can play with a lot of physicality.
‘‘I feel proud I can be a role model; I love to joke around but there are times I have to get serious,’’ she said.