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12 March, 2021

AFLW dreams for Mya

THE Cairns Academy of Port welcomed Gold Coast Suns player Jarrod Harbrow for a program of mentoring with their young athletes.

Jarrod an AFL veteran playing with the Western Bulldogs and in recent years the Gold Coast Suns is pleased to have the opportunity to return to his birthplace and work with young aspiring athletes.

Cairns Academy of Sport member, Mya Cozzulo, a WAFL player in Cairns entered the Academy’s program recently.

“The programs give young athletes an opportunity to excel and hopefully go to the next level.

“Once I heard about the AFL program here, I was super excited, and my future was more achievable.

“I’m studying Allied Health, it gives me options and a fallback if needed.” she said..

Mya is a recent addition to AFL. After three seasons she has stamped herself as a player of the future, after a very successful season and finals campaign.

Coming from an athletics background Mya found AFL the ideal fit for her body type and abilities.

Playing centre-half back for the Cairns City Lions, however she had a reputation for running and driving the ball forward.

With a professional AFL career in mind Mya would love to eventually be a listed contracted player with the Gold Coast Suns.

“I’d love to be drafted with the Suns, its so close to home. Making the connection with the Suns early on is important for me,” she said.

Preseason has been tough for Mya, training with the men’s team. “Somehow I keep up with them, I don’t know how, but I was a national runner, it’s really kicking me in the bum at the moment, getting super fit,” she added.

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