Three La Trobe students to play in AFLW

Two La Trobe University students have been selected in the national draft for the inaugural AFL women's league season.

Rebecca Privitelli, who is studying Sports Management and is a member of the La Trobe Elite Athletes Program (LEAP) was picked-up by the Carlton Football Club last Wednesday with pick 142.

The 21 year-old key defender has been on placement throughout 2016 with the navy blues, working as a Community Outreach Officer, as part of La Trobe's partnership with Carlton.

"When I was growing up I always had a passion for sport, particularly Australian Rules Football.  My biggest dream was to become one of the first women to play in the AFL."

"It is the inclusive and uniting culture that the club has exhibited throughout my time there that has truly stood out to me," Ms Privitelli said.

La Trobe PHD candidate Brooke Howells will also play in the inaugural AFL women's season for the Melbourne Football Club after being selected with pick 104.

She has most recently been playing with the Darebin Falcons as a midfielder and a defender.

Howells is also being kept busy with her postgraduate research which is looking into young adults with old knees and the early onset of osteoarthritis following a knee reconstruction.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to play for Melbourne in the AFL women's league and look forward to getting stuck into pre-season training."

"La Trobe offers me great flexibility with my commitments, so that I can combine both my passion for sports medicine research and football," Ms Howells said.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Development) and Director, La Trobe Sport Professor Russell Hoye said the success of these women highlights the talent that exists within the La Trobe Elite Athletes Program.

"La Trobe Sport is proud of the achievements of Rebecca Privitelli and Brooke Howells, who have successfully combined their academic studies and sporting pursuits."

The ladies follow in the footsteps of another La Trobe student Libby Birch who was selected by the Western Bulldogs as a rookie last month.

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