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Jenny Williams is South Australia’s only AFL Woman of the Year, an AFL Coaches resource person and a previous Captain and Coach at an international level. Jenny is a Registered Psychologist and deals with players and athletes one on one and regularly with groups within the team. Jenny presents to teams and to whole clubs from juniors to seniors women and men. Throughout her career, Jen is heavily involved with coach development at all levels.
Some Highlights of Jenny’s Career
In the early 1980s co-founded the SA Women’s Football Association with Gina Dutschke.
Captained the first women’s interstate match at Glenelg Oval in September 1990, winning the trophy for best on the ground.
In 2003 awarded the AFL Football Woman of the Year award for her contribution to the sport
Wrote the curriculum for and conducted Year 12 Australian Rules Football classes as part of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) Work Education Unit
Represented Australia in Lacrosse and was a member of the 1986 World Champion Gold Medal team.
“the biggest lacrosse icon outside its foundation country ” – Our Sporting Life SA Feb 2015
Captained the Australian Lacrosse team from 1989 to 1992, winning a Bronze Medal in the 1989 World Cup and coached the Australian team to a Silver Medal in 1997 in Tokyo, Japan, losing the championship game in sudden death overtime.
Early in her international career, Jenny was a member of the Australian team that won its first-ever game against the USA in 1981 – “changing the way the game was played in its homeland” – and the first recorded loss for the United States.
Williams also captained, or co-captained, South Australia to 11 consecutive National Championships in Lacrosse and was named in the National Championship ‘team of the carnival’ side in each of these years.
She received the player of the National Lacosse Championship MVP award in 1986 earning best afield votes in every game, known for her massive work ethic.
Played more than 500 A Grade games and 100 “representative” State or Australian games, along with strong involvement in the sports administration and being President of the SA Women’s Lacrosse Association.
Teaching the next generation as well, she coached the SA underage lacrosse side to a national title and collected state umpiring certification. There is also representation with the Indoor Lacrosse state team.
Jenny worked in the media as a writer/commentator being South Australia’s first ( and only so far) radio commentator for 5DN in the ’80s and developed a hybrid version of the AFL game called “Nines”
Represented South Australia as a wicketkeeper-batsman from 1978 to 1982. She was a key member of the national title-winning team in ‘81. (Jenny was awarded wicketkeeper of the tournament)
five District A Grade premierships for her Club (ACAE College) cricket side,
Selected for a national cricket tour of New Zealand, but declined to go due to world cup Lacrosse commitments
Played soccer as either wing or centre forward for College and her state between 1980 and 1982.
For ACAE (College Club) Williams was a member of the State League Championship winning side and two Ampol Cup victories
Jenny played touch rugby where she captained-coached the “College Touch” side who won four League titles, with Williams winning the Association “Best and Fairest” in both the Women’s and Mixed competitions.
She was selected in the Australian squad in 1984 and captained her state from 1982 to 1985.
Jenny was also involved as a coach where she co-coached the State Under 16 touch rugby side to third place at national titles
Jenny is currently writing a book for players, coaches and administration members of clubs called “Building and Creating Champions”
For a great read on Jenny’s back story and also to support a great web resource for South Australian sporting teams and sportspeople click on http://www.oursportinglifesa.com.au/#!SA-Sporting-Icon-Jenny-Williams/c249/54ef9eca0cf2520980312b78
Thank you to Peter Argent and his website for collating the above information of which I freely admit to copying and pasting plenty of it!