Activity Introduction

Quick summary: This lesson explores key themes showcased in the AFLW ‘Player Stories’ vlog-doc: ‘A New Hero – Sabrina Frederick-Traub’. In this lesson the journeys of Sabrina, her coach, and young AFLW players lead students into an exploration of their own knowledge and understanding of equality. Using a Y-chart, students frame their understanding of equality. They consider examples of inequality and conceptualise how to build bridges to equality. Students then identify the impacts of equality and inequality on well-being, and reflect on aspects of Sabrina’s experience that can be applied to ensure equality in their own lives and the lives of people around them.


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 explore the meaning of equality.
  • Students are able to identify a range of equalities and inequalities.
  • Students understand the impact of inequality on health and well-being.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 7 & 8 Health and Physical Education

  • Investigate the impact of transitions and change on identities (ACPPS070)
  • Investigate and select strategies to promote health and wellbeing (ACPPS073

Syllabus outcomes: PDHPE 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

Relevant parts of Year 7 & 8 HPE achievement standards: Students apply personal and social skills to establish and maintain respectful relationships and promote safety, fair play and inclusivity. They demonstrate skills to make informed decisions, and propose and implement actions that promote 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. Y-Chart (printed, one per student). A3 paper (enough for one sheet per group of three). Web-enabled devices (at least one per pair).

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 explore the meaning of equality.
  • Students are able to identify a range of equalities and inequalities.
  • Students understand the impact of inequality on health and well-being.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … explain equality using an example.
  • … explain inequality using an example.
  • … explain that equality has a positive effect on health and well-being.


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 mo

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: You can achieve your dreams

1. View 'A New Hero. Sabrina Frederick-Traub' Episode 2: 'A Dream in her Sights', then read through the text linked to the clip.

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

Consider the following questions:

  • How does the opportunity to play professionally in the AFLW impact on Sabrina’s health?
  • How does it impact on her sense of well-being?
  • How do you think she felt when she wasn’t able to play Australian rules football at a professional level?

Work independently to note your ideas by creating ‘Sabrina’s thought bubbles’. You could further support your ideas with quotes and examples from the clip and the associated text.

2. Do you have a dream in your sights? Is there something you would like to do or something you would like to be? Is there anything stopping you from achieving that dream? What is it?

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