NEXT BIG THING: Zimmorlei Farquharson and Jeff Neumann.
NEXT BIG THING: Zimmorlei Farquharson and Jeff Neumann.

Zimmorlei is first female recipient for scholarship

WOMEN's aussie rules prodigy, Zimmorlei Farquharson, has achieved one of the highest individual accolades of her youth career after being awarded the Troy Clarke Scholarship.

The scholarship is named after former Brisbane Bear, Troy Clarke, and is given to a regional junior footballer who displays dedication, passion and respect for the sport.

The scholarship was established in 2014 and Zimmorlei, who plays for the Dalby Swans, is the first female recipient.

The 15-year-old, who has already achieved plenty in the sport, said she felt privileged to be awarded the scholarship.

"I'm proud of the things I have achieved in my life as they are reminders that I can go further if I put my mind to things, in not only football but other areas,” she said.

"My mum and dad greatly support me in what I do. Brisbane Lions AFLW coach Craig Starcevich and AFL Queensland's Jeff Neumann and Keith Webb have helped me in developing my skills with an open line of communication between me and them.”

Zimmorlei was nominated for the award by AFL Queensland Darling Downs Regional Manager, Jeff Neumann.

Mr Neumann said Zimmorlei was always trying to improve her game.

"Zimmorlei has always impressed me with her passion for developing life skills and her maturity and commitment to become a better footballer and person, constantly and conscientiously,” Mr Neumann said.

In 2017, Zimmorlei was named most valuable player and player of the championships at the Under 16 Queensland State Academy Championships, represented Queensland in the Under 18 Women's National Championships and was named All-Australian at the Under 15 School Girls National Championships.

In 2016 there were more accolades - named co-captain of the Queensland All-Nations team at the National Diversity Championships and was selected as a member of the Australian Medleys team.

She has been a member of the Brisbane Lions Academy since 2015.


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