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Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten runs around Optus Stadium with players from Young Matildas, Junior Matildas, Hyundai Football West NTC, Queens Park and Northern Redbacks. Photo supplied

Opposition leader Bill Shorten hits the road with female stars

Football West News

It was an early start to the day for some of WA’s brightest female football prospects on Thursday when they hit the road with Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten.

The players Included Young Matildas and Junior Matildas, plus others from Hyundai Football West NTC, Queens Park and Northern Redbacks went for a 5km run with Mr Shorten from his Crown Towers Perth base at 6.30am.

Bill Shorten and Football West CEO James Curts, right, speak with the players as Football West Head of Development Jamie Harnwell watches on

Mr Shorten was giving his support to Football Federation Australia’s #GetOnside campaign to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Football West CEO James Curtis also went on the run and he later spoke with Mr Shorten about the growth of female football in WA and the $10million election commitment from the Australian Labor Party for a State Football Centre at Queens Park.

The State Football Centre would be a key facility as part of theFFA’s 2023 Women’s World Cup bid and be the home for Football West development programs for players, referees and coaches.

The players who set the early alarm were Tijan McKenna, Leticia McKenna, Hana Lowry, Isabella Wallhead, Cameron Barreiro, Morgan Aquino, Judy Lynn Connolly, Kaitlyn Bellanca, Bronwyn Studman, Tia Stonehill, Emily Henderson and Lexie Moreno.