08 Nov Transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey could be a huge step for professional sports in Australia
This week could be a milestone for transgender rights in Australia, if footballer Hannah Mouncey gets picked by a team to play in the Australian Women’s Football League.
Mouncey was nominated on Friday, but she still has not been confirmed as eligible ahead of Wednesday’s draft.
After playing for the Ainslie Tricolours this past season in the AFL Canberra women’s competition, Mouncey now wants to be the first transgender woman in the country to play in the elite league.
In 2016, Mouncey played for the Australian Men’s Handball team, that missed out on qualifying for the Rio Olympics.
She began transition shortly after, and on top of her professional goals, hopes she can help work towards awareness and promotion of gender diversity in sport.
She said she had overwhelmingly positive support when she came out, and has linked up with a Sydney group called Pride in Sport, in the hope of showing other transgender athletes what is possible.