PORT ADELAIDE advises club Head of AFLW Juliet Haslam will step down from the role due to personal reasons.
Haslam, who became the club’s first AFLW employee in November 2021, has resigned effective as of today, to focus on her health and physical wellbeing.
Haslam said it was a difficult decision, but ultimately her health needed to be prioritised.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I’ve made the tough decision to prioritise my health and life balance and step down from my role as Head of AFLW at the Port Adelaide Football Club,” she said.
“One of the key factors that has weighed on me during my time at the club, have been health issues that have been persisting and unfortunately have an unknown timeline. It’s important that I focus on these now.”
Haslam said it had been a privilege to be part of the club’s AFLW journey in its foundation years.
“It has been an honour to have been a part of the AFLW journey at our club so far, and I feel very proud that the foundations have been firmly set in place to achieve sustained success, as expected by our passionate Port Adelaide community.
“We are adding some incredibly exciting talent to our squad for the 2024 season and I feel confident that on field success is not far away.
“Thank you to our dedicated team, we’ve achieved a lot in a short amount of time. We have wonderful people within our AFLW program and across the club. I will miss our players, staff, supporters and all those at the club very much.”
Port Adelaide chief executive Matthew Richardson thanked Haslam for her contribution to the club’s AFLW program.
“From the moment Juliet joined Port Adelaide as our first AFLW employee she has tirelessly built our program,” Richardson said.
“Juliet has done an outstanding job in building the program, literally from the ground up and especially considering the accelerated timeline last year.
“She has developed a program full of high quality people and has done an outstanding job in building that.
“I’d like to thank Juliet for her passion and hard work and congratulate her on the platform she has established for the AFLW program at Port Adelaide.”