Jordan champ of women's Aussie rules
TO SAY Mullumbimby High School's Jordan Diehm is a high-achieving all-round sportswoman is an understatement.
The Year 9 Brunswick Bulldogs Aussie rules player was recently named best and fairest player in the Northern Rivers women's competition and in 2016 she won the Aboriginal Aboriginal Education Award in recognition of her achievements in a range of sports including futsal, cricket, athletics, soccer and netball.
Jordan is enthusiastic about the rise in popularity of women's sport, including the recently founded national women's AFLW competition, along with the successes of the Matildas.
The Matildas on current form are Australia's most successful national sporting team.
But for the highly competitive ruckman and sometime rover, Aussie rules is the main game and
Jordan has an eye to play on the national stage in the future.
"I am really into AFL and there are more and more girls teams playing,” she said.
"I really like Tayla Harris in the Brisbane Lions.
"I hate it when people say women can't play men's sports. It just makes me want to play harder and show them I can.”
Jordan gives much of the credit for her winning ways to her parents.
"I get a lot of support from my family and my mum takes me everywhere because my brother is sporty as well, so we are often competing in different places at the same time,” she said.
Mullumbimby High School principal Donna Pearson said the whole school was proud of Jordan.
"She is also part of the Aboriginal Dance Group, the Deadly Dancers and is a role model for the primary school students that are part of the group,” Ms Pearson said.
"Jordan is a person that really gives of herself and is happy to work with other Aboriginal students around sport.
"She is a real leader and a fantastic role model.”