Corey humbled by medal honour

Wednesday, 5th September, 2012

Jan Corey, pictured outside the Civic Centre, is looking forward to tonight’s Lionel Johnston Medal Night. Jan Corey, pictured outside the Civic Centre, is looking forward to tonight’s Lionel Johnston Medal Night.

By Ben Sheffield

Jan Corey says she is very humbled to have the medal for the best and fairest women's AFL player named in her honour.

The inaugural Jan Corey Medal will be presented tonight at the Lionel Johnston Medal count, following the first season of women's AFL.

Jan said she had mixed emotions when she found out that the medal was to be named after her.

"I was very embarrassed, but very humbled when I found out. It is a huge honour to even be considered for it, let alone be chosen," she said.

Jan has been involved in the Broken Hill Football for more than 30 years in various roles with clubs and the football league board.

She has been a board member for both the West and South football clubs, has been Secretary of the Junior Football Association for five years and involved in umpiring as an administrator and a club delegate on the BH Football League board for seven years.

After many years and many different roles, Jan cited one standout contribution.

"Apart from the premierships at clubs I have been involved with, the highlight would definitely be when AFL NSW/ACT came in and helped
us introduce the Auskick trip to Melbourne each year," she said.

This year, Jan has been working with the umpiring group and has represented them on the AFL Broken Hill board.

"It's been a challenging role, but a rewarding one. I have enjoyed it.

"We've progressed a little way and we'll continue to progress further."

She was enthused about the Lionel Johnston Medal's extended format and new venue, with all grades coming together in the one evening at
the Civic Centre.

"It is a huge event and a very exciting time.

"To have the whole competition together is exciting.

With the junior awards, senior awards and the women's awards, it becomes a bit like the Brownlow Medal."

Jan also said that she was blown away by the success of the first season of women's football.

"It's amazing to think back to when the idea was just a pie in the sky.

"I had a cup of coffee in Sydney with Libby Sadler, the Female Programs Manager at AFL/NSW and came back to Broken Hill where Peter Nash was the big pusher of the idea.

"The competition has been way beyond our expectations, with the way that the clubs and the women themselves have embraced it," she said.

As for her tip for a Jan Corey Medal winner, Jan said that there were many candidates.

"Lyndsay Kubiak from South is definitely one possibility, Katie Pattison or Erica Schmidt from Central. Aisha Walker (North) would definitely be up there too."