The Hills Shire Council made a special presentation to Western Sydney Academy of Sport AFL athlete Emma Vitanza, following her receipt of the Academy’s AFL Senior Girls’ Athlete of the Year award.

Emma joined the Academy’s AFL Girls Under 16’s program in 2017 at only 13 years of age making her the youngest player in the squad. She has been involved in the program every year since.

Emma has excelled in the Academy’s program this year, showing strong development in all areas of her game. Her work ethic is outstanding and has been a large contributor to her success. Emma is dedicated and determined, and always gives her absolute best at training and trains hard outside of our formal sessions.

AFL Girls Head Coach Aisha Firmer commented “Emma has developed personally this year and has become quite a leader within the group. Her sound knowledge of the game, as well as her humility and overall great attitude, see her well-respected by her peers and the coaching staff alike.”

The Hills Shire Mayor Cr. Dr. Michelle Byrne presented Emma with her award saying “We are a community who lives and breathes sport. We also have a number of talented sporting stars dominating in their respective sporting field. Emma is one such example.”

“I would like to congratulate Emma on receiving the Academy’s prestigious AFL Senior Girls Athlete of the Year Award. Despite this year’s obstacles, she has defied the odds to grow as a player and as an individual.”