Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This lesson explores key themes showcased in the AFLW ‘Player Stories’ vlog-doc: ‘A New Hero – Sabrina Frederick-Traub’. Students will tune in to the concept of equality by watching and reading about the experiences of dynamic AFLW player Sabrina Frederick-Traub. They will add to a class brainstorm about the concept of equality, then work in groups to dig deeper into the concept by completing the ‘Question Starter’ visible thinking routine. Working in groups, students will research more about equality online, then link what they have found to Sabrina’s and their own experience of equality. They will reflect on their learning by writing a short statement about their stance on the value of equality. 


This lesson has been developed in conjunction with the AFLW in celebration of the advancement of women in sport and the promotion of equal opportunity for all people in all facets of life.


Learning intentions:

  • Students understand the meaning of equality.
  • Students learn about the complex relationship between equality and inequality.
  • Students begin a conversation to build bridges towards equality.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education

  • Evaluate factors that shape identities and critically analyse how individuals impact the identities of others (ACPPS089
  • Investigate how empathy and ethical decision making contribute to respectful relationships (ACPPS093

Syllabus outcomes: PDHPE 5.1, 5.3, 5.11, 5.13.

Relevant parts of Year 9 & 10 HPE achievement standards: Students critically analyse contextual factors that influence identities, relationships, decisions and behaviours. They analyse the impact attitudes and beliefs about diversity have on community connection and wellbeing. They apply decision-making and problem-solving skills when taking action to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capacity.

Topic: Social Issues.

Unit of work: AFLW – HPE.

Time required: 90 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheets – printed, one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Web-enabled device (at least 1 per 3-4 students). Question Starters handout.

Keywords: AFLW, stereotype, equality, inequality, rights, human rights, fairness, equal opportunity.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

© Cool Australia and the Australian Football League


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand the meaning of equality.
  • Students learn about the complex relationship between equality and inequality.
  • Students begin a conversation to build bridges towards equality.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … explain the relationship between equality and inequality.
  • … identify examples of equality and inequality.


Teacher content information:

Creating the AFL Women's League | Jan Cooper

Without recognition women lose their history. They do these extraordinary things, and then they are forgotten and denied to ever have existed, so women keep reinventing the wheel.
– Dr. Marjorie Snyder, the Senior Director of Research at the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Introducing AFLW
In 2015, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan announced that the AFL would launch a national women’s competition, fast-tracking plans from 2020 to 2017. This wasn’t only a courageous moment for the game and the wider spor

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: Understanding equality and inequality is the key to positive change.

1. View 'A New Hero. Sabrina Frederick-Traub' Episode 2: 'A dream in her sights’ and read through the text associated with the clip.

Note: You will need to scroll down the webpage to find Episode 2: 'A dream in her sights’ and associated text. 

2. After viewing ‘A dream in her sights’, note down any questions that you have about and for Sabrina around the image of her below:


Choose a stance and complete the following statement by writing a short paragraph:

I agree/disagree that equality benefits all because ...

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