Shadeene Evans from Sydney FC received the prestigious rebel Role Model Award at the rebel Female Football Awards, held at the Ivy in Sydney this morning.
Shadeene was a member of the Sydney FC team that won the Westfield W-League 2019 championship and dedicates a significant amount of her personal time working within indigenous and female football communities.
She has recently completed a residential program at UNSW to further her education in the social services space and will feature heavily in the club’s community initiatives now and into the future.
The rebel Role Model Award recognises excellence both on and off the pitch. The selected player’s influence on the game extends beyond her professional playing capacities, with a focus on community.
This player embodies what it takes to be a professional footballer; someone who is not only dedicated on the pitch, but also supports and encourages growth of the game at all levels within the community.
The winner is selected based on good sportsmanship and attitude, must have played for a Westfield W-League Club during the 2018/19 season and must be under 21 at the start of the season.
“Shadeene is a very worthy winner of the rebel Role Model Award, for her hard work and commitment both on and off the field. She truly is an inspirational woman, and someone with the power and personality to drive significant change in women’s football in this country, but especially for football in our regional and indigenous communities.” he said
“In this new era for football, the opportunities for significant growth in the women and girls’ game are obvious, and we’re off to a flying start with our census data, released on Wednesday, showing an 11% increase in female participation over the past twelve months.”
“There is a lot of work still to do but we are committed to making sure that football is as open and as accessible as it can be by providing innovative offerings and services to our stakeholders, participants and fans. We want to ensure that more Australians have more ways to enjoy and interact with our beautiful game.
“I congratulate all of today’s winners at the rebel Female Football Awards, and look forward to continuing to celebrate the role of women in football during the coming year,” concluded Johnson.
In addition to the rebel Role Model, nine other rebel Female Football Week National Awards were announced this morning.
In the Member Federation Category, the Female Player of the Year was Sarah Denton from the Flinders Flames in Football South Australia; the Female Coach of the Year was Kelly Stirton, who coaches the Capital Football Women’s Cerebral Palsy Team; the Female Administrator of the Year was Stephanie Garner from Football West; the Female Referee of the Year was Lottie Cabassi-Power from the Far South Coast Association of Football NSW; and the Member Federation Male Champion of the Year was Dave McWilliam from the Mindil Aces Club in Football Northern Territory.
In the Hyundai A-League/Westfield W-League Category, the Female Coach of the Year was Catherine Cannuli from Western Sydney Wanderers FC; the Female Administrator of the Year was Robyn Connor from Wellington Phoenix, Amanda Wetzel from the Newcastle Jets received the Female Fan of the Year award; and the Hyundai A-League/Westfield W-League Male Champion of the Year was Dan Barrett from the Central Coast Mariners.
rebel Female Football Award Winners
Member Federation Category
Female Player of the Year
Flinders Flames, Football South Australia
Female Coach of the Year
Female Administrator of the Year
Female Referee of the Year
Football South Coast, Football NSW
The Male Champion of the Year
Mindil Aces, Football Northern Territory
Hyundai A-League/Westfield W-League Category
The Female Coach of the Year
Western Sydney Wanderers FC
The Female Administrator of the Year
The Female Fan of the Year
The Male Champion of the Year
Central Coast Mariners
rebel Role Model Award