The AFL has today ruled on the 2018 AFLW draft eligibility of Canberra player Hannah Mouncey.
A subcommittee comprising of AFL Commissioners reviewed the nomination.
The process included consultation with Ms Mouncey, 27, her management, the AFLPA, the Australian Sports Commission and Pride in Sport.
The subcommittee carefully considered all of the information provided by Hannah, as well as the available data on transgender strength, stamina, physique along with the specific nature of the AFLW competition.
A provisional decision was made and communicated to Ms Mouncey and the AFLPA.
These submissions were reviewed by the subcommittee and it determined that Ms Mouncey’s nomination cannot be accepted for the 2018 AFLW draft.
Ms Mouncey may nominate for future AFLW drafts and for registration in other Australian Football competitions.
AFL General Manager, Inclusion and Social Policy, Tanya Hosch thanked Ms Mouncey for her understanding and positive engagement throughout the process.
“Hannah’s passion for football is undeniable, and I want to thank her and her team for their constructive participation in the decision-making process,” she said of Ms Mouncey who has transitioned to a woman over the past two years.
“It was important to involve the right stakeholders to review all the information and data available. Every case will be decided on its own merits along with the individual circumstances of each future nominee.
“We acknowledge Hannah’s openness and co-operation. She has contributed to a process which will substantially inform the development of the AFL’s transgender policy and procedure for future players at the elite level.”
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