Kaitlyn Ashmore of the Kangaroos poses for a photo during the Colgate AFLW Grand Final Sprint Announcement Source: Dylan Burns/AFL Photos

The 2021 AFLW Grand Final will feature a Sprint for the first time this year, with participants of all 14 clubs set to do battle.

The AFLW has announced the inaugural Grand Final Sprint will take place at the 2021 AFLW Grand Final.

A mainstay in the entertainment of the men’s AFL Grand Final day, the AFLW will be looking to extend the tradition to its own league, inviting players from all 14 clubs to participate in the sprint.

In partnership with Colgate, the AFLW sprint will be a 100m sprint taking place on the 50m arc, rather than the 100m straight like the men’s.

Colgate will also be donating $5000 to Ladder in honour of the winner, Ladder is an organisation that provides mentoring and support to young people through its programs.

The AFL General Manager of Women’s Football Nicole Livingstone expressed how excited the AFLW is to continue the tradition and announced the first of the 14 entries.

“The introduction of the Colgate AFLW Grand Final Sprint signifies the continued progression of the women’s competition, and we are pleased to work alongside Colgate to bring this to life and make it an annual tradition,” she said.
“We are also excited to announce former track athlete and North Melbourne star Kaitlyn Ashmore as the first player who will line up in the Colgate AFLW Grand Final Sprint.
“We cannot wait to see 14 of the fastest AFLW players line up and showcase their athletic talent on
one of the biggest days in the Australian sporting calendar.”

Expanding the AFLW’s Grand Final festivities highlights how far the league has come in just five seasons and creates a bigger spectacle surrounding the biggest day in women’s football.

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