Meet the Melbourne Demons' Harriet Cordner

This week we are profiling Melbourne Football Club's ruck, Harriet Cordner. Harriet made the move from soccer to AFL to play for Melbourne, a club that has a strong connection to her family. She will be the eighth member of her family to play for the club and her grandfather, Don won a Brownlow Medal in 1946.

1. What does it mean to you to be playing in the inaugural AFLW competition?

It's incredible. Something that I never imagined would happen. It's a great opportunity that myself and all the other AFLW players have been given.

2. What is/ was your day job outside of the AFL?

I am a nanny/after school carer. I've been doing this for 6-7 years now since I finished school. I work with twins - Ruby and Ethan. They are 11 now. I started with them when they were 5 years old, so it's been really cool to get to know them and see them grow up.

3. What have you found most challenging about being an AFL player?

The intensity and workload has been a step up from what I'm used to. I've absolutely loved it, but it required me to make a few lifestyle changes to accommodate for it.

4. What do you do to relax?

I love to hang with my dog Wilbur, go to the beach or watch a movie with my brother Will.

5. What would be your advice to a young person who is struggling to get motivated? [in terms of exercise, work and study etc]

Keep your goals and workloads achievable. It helps to start by making small changes, achieve them and then create new ones. Otherwise you can find yourself overwhelmed by what's ahead of you and you are less likely to stick it out for long periods of time.

6. Who has been a mentor in your life and what did you take from this relationship?

Both my parents have been great mentors, especially when it comes to my sporting life. They've been great support for me wanting to 'chase my dreams' and they've always given me advice on little ways I can have that extra edge when working towards my goals.

7. Why do you support Ladder, and its work tackling youth homelessness?

I think Ladder is really cool. It's young people giving back to young people, and it's a program that fosters and develops some really great relationships. I think all of that is so important when you're growing up, and helps lead to a happier and healthier life.

Melbourne FC take on the Western Bulldogs on Saturday, 18th Feb at Whitten Oval 7:40pm

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