Amanda Farrugia is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the AFL Women’s competition. She was the club’s inaugural AFLW captain and played in all 21 possible matches across her three seasons at the club.
Also a passionate teacher at Our Lady of Mercy College – an all-girls school in Parramatta. Amanda’s strong determination, work-ethic and leadership, both on the field and in the classroom, is helping to inspire young girls, and boys, to break social and cultural barriers and pursue the lives and careers they aspire to.
A compelling role-model, Amanda is actively involved in shaping young adults’ understanding of, and attitude towards, their personal health and wellbeing through her work as a PE teacher. While still teaching full-time, Amanda took on the challenge of becoming a professional athlete after being drafted by the GWS Giants to play in the first-ever AFLW season in late 2016. Soon after joining the Giants, Amanda’s leadership qualities were quickly noticed, as her ability to drive high standards, build trust and motivate her teammates with an infectious positive attitude, made her the perfect candidate to be the first captain of GWS Giants Women’s team. Amanda retired from the AFLW in November 2019.