Hannah Mouncey denied eligibility to participate in AFLW Draft

Hannah Mouncey. Pic Twitter

Transgender athlete Hannah Mouncey says she's "disappointed" at not being allowed to compete in the national women's football competition in 2018, after the AFL declined her request to nominate for the AFLW draft.

"The process included consultation with Mouncey, her management, the AFL Players' Association, the Australian Sports Commission and Pride in Sport".

A number of women's teams had expressed an interest in recruiting the ruckwoman, who kicked 17 goals in eight games this season, and previously represented Australia in men's handball.

However, the league this afternoon officially blocked Mouncey's attempt to be drafted, with some reports on Twitter indicating the league cited Mouncey's "physical disparity" as a defining reason.

"[Mouncey] has contributed to a process which will substantially inform the development of the AFL's transgender policy and procedure for future players at the elite level", she said.

Mouncey, a transgender footballer, was barred by the league from this year's draft less than 24 hours before it is held in Melbourne.

"We continue to attract athletes from other sports that may not have thought that football was ever an option for them to play at a semi-professional level", O'Connor said.

The League's ruling applies exclusively to Wednesday's AFL Women's Draft and the next AFLW season, meaning Mouncey can nominate for eligibility in future drafts and register in other competitions.

But she will be allowed to nominate for next year's draft.

For now, Mouncey's best chance of playing sport at the elite level comes through European handball, a game in which she has been cleared for domestic and global competition.

"The AFL are working through that. relevant people have been working really hard on that over the last couple of days in conjunction with Hannah, because it's a big decision for everybody".

'The matter of AFLW draft eligibility for transgender athletes is complex and the AFL's decision has the potential to impact members and prospective members of the AFLPA now and into the future, ' said AFLPA GM of Player Relations Brett Murphy.

Mouncey is believed to have met the International Olympic Committee's rules on testosterone levels.

"I think the global view definitely (needs to be considered) - I understand the comments around that - and I've heard some of the commentary this morning", Hocking said. "I can't wait to see you all at the highest level and to play with and against you back in Canberra next year!"

"Further information was submitted by Mouncey on Monday [16th October] in response to the AFL's provisional decision".

Mouncey reportedly meets those requirements. We support all our players and if she was selected in the draft we would have supported her.



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