Episode 73 — Yasmin Clydsdale

Yasmin Clysdale
Photo courtesy of Yasmin Clydsdale

You probably won’t believe this. The first women’s Rugby League match in Australia was played in Sydney, on Saturday, 17 September 1921. In September 2018, almost 100 years later, the first season of the NRLW —Australia’s national rugby league competition for female players — kicked off with four teams. Now, there are some big things in the wings, with players like our guest this week leading the game into the future.

On the show today, we speak with Yasmin Clydsdale (nee Meakes), who plays for the Sydney Roosters. Over the past two NRLW seasons, she’s played in two grand finals, scored a try in one and won a premiership playing every minute of every game during the season along with making her State of Origin debut! You’ll hear how she started playing rugby league, and why it’s a great game for women and girls.

You’ll be interested to know research shows Australians may be more familiar with men’s sports teams, but when it comes to an emotional connection — values such as pride, trust, enjoyment, respect, and bond — our women’s teams are on top! While it’s been a long time coming, there are increasingly professional pathways for women.

You’ll love Yasmin’s story.



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