rebel women rise to every challenge. They are chance takers, take no heed of naysayers, they tell it like it is, are inspired and they inspire.
They are women who champion themselves and those around them. rebel women break down barriers mentally, socially and physically. They do not stand alone, they stand to show the way.
A key pillar of rebel’s commitment to women in sport is to teach and evolve young female athletes.
In conjunction with the experts from each of our code partnerships, rebel looks to identify and reward a young female athlete with a tailored professional development program - rebel NextGen.
Developed in collaboration with former Diamonds netballer Bianca Chatfield, the NextGen program provides essential skills and knowledge to enable female athletes to develop and forge strong careers both on field and beyond.
The program is further complimented by access to one on one mentor sessions with rebel Ambassadors Laura Geitz and Jess Fox.
This year’s winners:
WBBL – rebel Young Gun – Sophie Molineux
Sophie who played for the Melbourne Renegades in the WBBL 03 Season was named the rebel Young Gun after a breakout Season in red. The 20-year-old took her game to another level this summer, belting 318 runs at an average of 26.50, with a strike rate of 116.06, and producing some match-winning innings along the way. Sophie continues to go from strength to strength after being selected for the Australian Squad for the ODI and T20 tour of India.
AFLW – rebel Young Leader - Libby Birch
Libby Birch played in the premiership winning side the Western Bulldogs in the 2018 AFLW Season. After only taking up AFL in 2016 after making the switch from competitive Netball, Libby showcased her potential as a future star through her incredible on field performance, not only earning her the rebel Young Leader Award, but a NAB Rising Star nomination as well as selection into the 2018 All Australian Squad. As well as excelling on the field, Libby is just as active off the field, constantly volunteering and working in the community with the AFL Kids Channel and Schools Sports Victoria as a mentor for young students.
W-League – rebel Role Model - Jada Whyman
Jada, an 18-Year-old goalkeeper plays for the Western Sydney Wanderers in the 2017/18 Season playing 11 out of her teams 14 matches. She also represented Australia as a Young Matilda playing at the 2017 AFC U-19 Women’s Championship in Nanjing, China. Jada is not only excelling on the field but off it as well. Acting as a great role model within the community conducting over thirty community and media appearances this season she is also a mentor for indigenous footballers in her local area and around the country.
The winner of the Super Netball rebel Rising Star is set to be announced at seasons end.