Stalwart takes on Blues role
Famous Pilbara footballer and Newman Vets life member Nicole Graves is taking her footy skills to the sport’s highest level as general manager of Carlton’s women's football program.
Famous for her work with the Vets celebrity match series and as head coach of the V Swans women's program, Graves’ appointment was announced last week.
She will step into the role on Monday.
Carlton chief executive Cain Liddle said the three-time WA open women’s head coach and former Western Bulldogs women’s assistant coach would be an asset to the club.
“We have uncovered a true gem in Nicole and I’m delighted she has accepted the position,” Mr Liddle said.
“After undertaking a thorough process, it was clear her knowledge of women’s football, coupled with her extensive network and administration experience, made her a perfect fit for the role.”
“When you talk to Nicole you can see she has such a genuine passion for the game, especially when it comes to developing female talent, so her enthusiasm and drive will greatly benefit the club and the women’s football program.”
The Swan Districts dual premiership coach and Victorian Women’s Football League board member will be working with senior AFLW coach Daniel Harford and inaugural VFLWA coach Shannon McFerran at the club.
“My background ... has given me a strong understanding of the inner workings of a football club and I know this experience will help me as I look to strengthen the women’s program at the Blues,” Ms Graves said.
“Diversifying our list and identifying talent from across the country will be a focus as we create opportunities for young athletes to engage with Carlton.
“This is something I'm really passionate about.
“I can’t wait to get started and look forward to ensuring we provide our VFLW and AFLW players with elite football programs so they have the best platform to achieve sustained success.”
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