Ella Smith

In a year in which WAFLW league star Ella Smith’s strength, endurance and grit shone through on the football field, the exciting football player’s exceptional character and talent has been officially recognised.

The South West Academy of Sport alumni athlete and top midfielder capped off the season captaining the Claremont Football Club in fine style by claiming the 2021 Dhara Kerr Medallist.

The leader was presented with the best and fairest accolade at the WAFL Women’s Awards, held at the Crown Ballroom earlier this month.

“I had learnt so much from last year and think I had matured into that role more in season 2021,” Smith said.

“I think holistically as a team we matured from where we left off last season. Which is a testament to the hard work the team has put in – we definitely improved because of it.”

Based in Perth where she is completing a Bachelor of Primary Education and working for her sponsor The Athlete’s Foot, Smith plans to “keep working hard and continue to love the game.”

“I’m so eager to learn more about leadership and professionalism in the game as well as working on perfecting my role for next season,” Smith said.

“My dream is to make AFLW but to get there the foundations are playing a solid WAFLW series and to be a sponge for any new learning opportunities.

“I hope I can continue to grow and work on my midfield craft, and hopefully further my strengths.

“I am very keen to get more females playing football and really promote this amazing game.”