Achieving on & off the sporting field

Deadlys Nominees 2011: Female Sportsperson of the Year

Kirby Bentley

A former State and National rep player in netball, after switching to Australian Rules football in 2009, Kirby has twice played at the national titles, and in June 2011, was awarded the Debbie Lee Medal as the Best and Fairest player in Australian women’s football, following the AFL Women’s National Championships in Adelaide.

Playing for WA, Kirby was named the player of the championships thanks to an outstanding tournament, during which she gained maximum votes in all games and also earned selection into the All-Australian team.

Kyah Simon

Kyah hit the headlines in 2008 after scoring the winning goal for the Matildas against Brazil at the Peace Cup.

Playing for the Central Coast Mariners in the W League, she capped off a memorable debut season in 2008 by being named the female U20 Footballer of the Year, and is presently the W-Leagues top goal scorer playing for Sydney FC.

In June 2010, Kyah kicked the winning penalty for the Matildas in the final of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, handing Australia its first-ever major international soccer title, and made history again in July 2011 when she became the first Indigenous Australian to score at the women’s World Cup – scoring twice against Norway in the final group match.

Rohanee Cox

Rohanee is a former AIS scholarship holder who first played for the Australian Opals in Brazil in 1998.

She was named Most Valuable Player at the end of the 2005/06 WNBL season while playing for the Townsville Fire, and played for Australia at the 2006 FIBA World Championships.

In 2008, Rohanee played a starring role in the Opals Silver medal winning campaign at the Beijing Olympics, and received her second WNBL MVP award at the end of the 2008/09 season.

In 2010, Rohanee returned from injury to play 13 games for Townsville and in June 2011 signed with Western Australian WNBL club the West Coast Waves.

Ashleigh Barty

At 13 years of age, Ashleigh won two International Tennis Federation (ITF) Under-18 events in her hometown of Ipswich in Queensland before completing an undefeated singles campaign for Australia at the ITF World Junior Tennis Competition in the Czech Republic in August 2009.

Ashleigh was awarded Female Junior Athlete of the Year, at the Newcombe Medal awards in December 2010, and won the 14s and 16s nationals and ITF Tournaments back-to-back.

In July 2011, 15-year-old Ashleigh became Australia’s first girls’ champion since Debbie Freeman in 1980 when she won the Wimbledon Girls Singles title, and the second Indigenous Australian to win a Wimbledon title after Evonne Goolagong-Cawley.

Meghan Rutledge

In 2004, Meghan became the first female to win a NSW State Title in motocross competing against boys and is also the first female to win the Oakdale Motorcycle Club junior club championship.

In the past year, Meghan has won Australasian, Australian and state titles and in August 2010 won the NSW 12 to Under-16 years 85cc all-female championship as well as the 13 to Under-16 250cc all-female little class.

At the Queensland titles in March 2011, Meghan won the junior lites four- and two-stroke classes.

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