The Gold Coast SUNS have confirmed its AFLW Coaching Panel for the 2023 NAB AFLW Season.
Head Coach Cameron Joyce leads the squad for a third season and heads a panel that includes a number of returning coaches from both Seasons Six and Seven including Assistant Coaches Sam Iles and Jarrod Wells and Development Coaches Brooks Mustey and Kieran Daley.
The panel will also include a new coach with long-serving SUNS Academy Coach Jennifer Revell promoted to the position of Assistant Coach – Forwards.
Revell, who has been involved in both the SUNS Academy’s male & female programs in Mackay for over six years, joins the club’s panel after also working closely with the club’s AFLW program in 2022.
As part of its partnership with Mackay Regional Council, the SUNS have committed to supporting the growth in female participation, including the development of an annual coach and player scholarship to support emerging talent.
“It’s fantastic to welcome Jen to our AFLW program as an Assistant Coach for the 2023 season,” GC SUNS Head of Women’s Football Fiona Sessarago said.
“Jen has been involved in Academy in North Queensland for more than six years and in that time has been a key driver behind our female programs as well as local competitions in Mackay which has seen players from the region develop into SUNS AFLW footballers.”
The SUNS currently have four players from Mackay on its AFLW list in Lauren Bella, Wallis Randell, Alana Gee and Kaylee Kimber.
“It’s fantastic to see a number of players and now coaches from the Mackay region earn opportunities at AFLW level and we will continue to develop those pathways to our club,” Sessarago added.
Head Coach Cameron Joyce, who will take charge of the SUNS for a third AFLW season, is excited about the season ahead.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Jen into our AFLW program as well as welcoming back a number of coaches who have developed strong relationships and played a key role in recent successes for our program,” Joyce said.
“We want to be the benchmark in the AFLW and provide a program that allows our players to improve and fulfill their potential.
“We believe this is a strong coaching panel with plenty of experience at the highest levels that will allow our program to continue developing and taking steps forward in 2023.”
The SUNS are in the midst of AFLW pre-season preparations ahead of a season start date pencilled in for the first weekend of September.