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 diversity by watching and reading about the experiences of dynamic AFLW player Sabrina Frederick-Traub. They will relate to the concept by sharing examples of what diversity looks like, then deepen their understanding by creating a collage to visually represent what diversity is, with the guidance of a quote. Students will share their visual representation with a wider audience, then reflect on their understanding of diversity in a short ‘Value of Diversity’ written statement.


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 difference and diversity.
  • Students express their perceptions of diversity.
  • Students build confidence in supporting each other to build diversity.

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: 60 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. Diversity definition displayDiversity prompts (printed). Web-enabled devices (one per student if possible).

If working on collages manually: paper, sticky-notes, scissors, glue and coloured markers, Blu-Tack.

Keywords: AFLW, difference, diversity, sexual orientation, gender, equality.

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 difference and diversity.
  • Students express their perceptions of diversity.
  • Students build confidence in supporting each other to build diversity.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … identify examples of diversity.
  • … describe the benefits of diversity.
  • … form strategies to encourage diversity.


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 sports industry, it op

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Be unique and different and shine in your own way.

1. View ‘A New Hero - Sabrina Frederick-Traub' Episode 3: 'New Heights in Footy’ and read through the associated vlog-doc text.

Note: You will need to scroll down the webpage to find Episode 3 - 'New Heights in Footy’ and associated text. 

2. Consider the following question:

  • How does Sabrina show diversity in action?

Respond in the space provided around the image of Sabrina:

3. Come up with one example of when you have seen diversity in action, and write it down here:

4. For the next part of the lesson, work together with a small group to create a collage that visually represents what you think the quote (provided by your teacher) is saying about diversity.

You could create a collage on paper, or use a web-enabled device to access a free online collage creator such as Adobe Sparke. (


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