Aspiring model Sharni-Leigh Kittow eyes AFL career

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Sharni-Leigh Kittow, a model and promising footy player.
Camera IconSharni-Leigh Kittow, a model and promising footy player.

You might think she is crazy, but Denmark’s Sharni-Leigh Kittow is set to mix the bumps and bruises of women’s football with the glitz and glamour of modelling as the talented 22-year-old eyes the prospect of a career in either profession.

The aspiring model and footballer has come a long way since growing up in the Great Southern, first in Mt Barker and then in Denmark where she completed her secondary education.

Now living in Perth where she is studying primary school teaching at Curtin University, Kittow is among the top 70 contestants in the Miss West Coast 2017 pageant, which will be trimmed to 24 in a heat next year before the top six compete in a national final where Miss Universe Australia is crowned.

Kittow also plays football for Swan Districts in the WA Women’s Football League and is part of WA Women’s AFL talent academy which is set to provide the next wave of draftees into the 2018 AFL women’s competition.

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Despite the challenge of balancing her football and modelling career, Kittow said she wouldn’t change a thing. “I actually love it,” she said. “It’s like I get the best of both worlds.

Sharni-Lee Kittow plays for Swans Districts.
Camera IconSharni-Lee Kittow plays for Swans Districts. Credit: Ian Munro

“I get a chance to be feminine and dress up really nicely, and I also get plenty of opportunity to be the total opposite to run amok and be a tomboy.

“I don’t find it difficult at all to juggle both at the same time, I love the constant challenge and the thrill of things always changing. I would be more than happy to take any pathway though and make a career out of it.

“I would hate to live an everyday normal life with the same routine.

“Some people think I’m crazy doing both because they don’t complement each other at all, but that’s what I love.”

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