It’s been quite a remarkable year for the Brisbane Lions in the AFLW.

After being runners-up for several years, it was a case of third time lucky for these dedicated athletes.

2021; the year the Brisbane Lions won the Grand Final.

Brigidine College at Indooroopilly is very proud that two of its graduates form part of the successful team; Natalie Grider (Alumna 2017) and Emily Bates (2012).

The grand final winners graced the College with a special Q&A visit with some of their past teachers and current sporting students.

Principal Brendan Cahill was humbled to see both Nat and Emily back at the College, giving up their time to encourage the next generation.

The Brigidine students are keen AFL players preparing to compete in the SEQld rep competition in a few weeks, the Q Schools Cup.

After feeling honoured to be able to hold the winning cup, students were able to learn more about Nat and Emily’s lives as elite athletes.

Nat shared about the commitment and sacrifice required to be a professional AFL player.

“We allocate time each week to rehab, field, gym, conditioning, technical coaching and mindset sessions,” said Nat.

Brigidine College Captain and AFL lover Bel Scott asked how many hours the gifted athletes train each week.

“We train almost every night from 4pm onwards and don’t really get home until 10pm. We wake up early the next day and head to our day jobs or to University,” shared Emily.

Students were surprised to hear that female athletes also worked in another job. An eye-opening session about the gender pay gap in sport but one where students could see that change was in the making.

Despite juggling an enormous workload, Nat and Emily demonstrate the Brigidine values of strength and gentleness.

“Seeing these past students has really set the tone for future leaders in Sport, to continue on their trailblazing work,” said Brigidine’s Director of Sports Laura David.

“Brigidine students are resilient, inclusive and dedicated in their approach to all life has to offer and Emily and Nat are fantastic examples of these values,” Ms David added.

Following the session, our graduates enjoyed reminiscing about their school days with a few of their teachers.

The Brigidine College community looks forward to seeing what both Nat and Emily will achieve next. It certainly has been a season of celebration and we couldn’t be prouder.


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