Footy star in team talk

Aisling Utri inspired students at Catholic Regional College last week.

By Tate Papworth

An AFLW premiership player has promoted the importance of leadership during a visit to Catholic Regional College St Albans.

Western Bulldogs forward Aisling Utri last week addressed the school’s year 8 students as part of a teamwork and collaboration health discovery unit.

College health and physical education leader Dale Marshall said Utri, also a hockey player, was an ideal person to address the college’s students.

“In this unit, our students have been learning about the importance of having a positive support network around you and how to conduct yourself in a team environment – in school, sport and in the wider community,”
Mr Marshall said.

“Aisling Utri is involved in two high-profile team sports and has so much experience working in a team environment to pass on to our students.”

Utri spoke to the students about motivation, resilience, goal-setting, coping with pressure and health/nutrition, as well as the importance of teamwork and collaboration.

At only 20 years of age, Utri has gathered the sort of sports resume of which even seasoned athletes would be envious.

As well as playing a role in the Bulldogs’ AFLW side, Utri is a Victorian Institute of Sport Scholarship holder for hockey and played for the Essendon Hockey Club last season.