The West Australian Women’s Football League is delighted to announce that in 2020, WAWFL Life Membership has been awarded to Sally Allomes and Sarah Michell.
Induction as a WAWFL Life Member is regarded as the League’s highest level of recognition and is awarded to individuals that have rendered exceptional levels of contribution to our game over continuous time.
WAWFL President Carolyn Hills extended her congratulations to Sally and Sarah on receiving the WAWFL’s highest honour.
“I am delighted that two names synonymous with female football in WA have been appointed as WAWFL life members. To say they are deserving is an incredible understatement”.
“Life Membership was created for volunteers like Sally and Sarah, to recognise their commitment to our league, and their drive and relentless efforts, year after year”.
“Sally and Sarah are a credit to not only our league, but female football in Western Australia, as they continue to strive for the best outcomes at club and league level, to ensure football is strong and sustainable in our state”
In 2007, Sally Allomes’ decided it was time for South Fremantle to have its own female football club, and the South Fremantle Women’s Football Club was born.
Starting her volunteering journey at the club as President, Sally held the role from 2007- 2009 and again from 2013 - 2014, before taking on a variety of club roles to ensure the club was successful.
During at her time at the club from 2007 – 2018, Sally was the club’s Treasurer for 11 years, achieved AFL Gold Quality club status (the first for a women’s club in Australia), took on the club’s governance and administration, and racked up an impressive 400 games as head trainer.
In 2010 Sally joined the WAWFL Board as Treasurer, and since 2015 has been the League’s Vice President. 2012 saw Sally awarded with SFWFC club life membership, and in 2016 Sally received the WAWFL Lynette Smith Volunteer of the Year award.
Sally played a critical role in the merge of South Fremantle Women’s Football Club with the men’s WAFL club in 2018. More recently, the Allomes Award has been introduced at South Fremantle Football Club recognising the efforts of Sally and daughter Jenna and is awarded for League Fairest and Best player of the season.
Sarah Michell’s female football journey started out coaching in the schoolgirls competition, before she founded the Coastal Titans Women’s Football Club (Coastal Titans) in 2004. As Club founder, Sarah took on the role of inaugural President, a position she still holds today, an impressive 17 years later!
Sarah’s continual strive for greatness saw the club win six League premierships in just nine years between 2004 and 2012, including in their inaugural season.
Across 17 years of volunteering, Sarah’s football journey has seen her work with the WA female state teams, elected to the WAWFL Board, joined the Subiaco District Football Development Council and worked with Melbourne Football Club.
As a true honour to the club founder, the Coastal Titans created the Sarah Michell Medal which is presented to the club’s Fairest and Best player of each season. As part of the Coastal Titans rebrand to Subiaco in 2018, the Sarah Michell Medallist tradition was retained to show the significance of the award’s namesake.
With a significant history of volunteering to her name, Sarah was awarded the WAWFL’s Lynette Smith Volunteer of the Year award in 2012.
With such impressive football resumes, it is hard to remember that these achievements were achieved by volunteers of our game. The WA football community has reaped huge benefit from the passion and dedication of Sally and Sarah, and we are lucky to have them still involved in our competitions.
It is for all of their hard work and commitment, that we recognise Sally Allomes and Sarah Michell as the newest WAWFL life members.
Sally and Sarah’s commitment to the game is truly exceptional, please read about their commitments below:
SALLY ALLOMES – SOUTH FREMANTLE FOOTBALL CLUB
SARAH MICHELL – SUBIACO WOMEN’S FOOTBALL CLUB