The Ararat Storm’s accolades keep coming after their coach Krystal Cameron was recognised at a recent awards night.
The premiership coach was awarded the Youth Girls coach of the year honour after leading the Storm to ultimate success for the second consecutive season.
The AFL Goldfields award recognised her impact on the Storm team which plays in the Ballarat Football League’s Youth Girls competition.
Cameron said it was a shock to win the award.
“Very much so, because I did not have any idea that I was nominated so it was a big surprise,” she said.
It has been a long journey for Cameron to get to where she is now.
“It has been an interesting journey to get where I am now, from the very start,” she said.
“It is something I remember calling the club about and others were saying just to see what happens.
“I originally started thinking I would do skills then within a month I was head coach.”
The premiership coach said the club has provided her with lots of support which has made the job easier.
“The journey so far has taught me so much and they have contributed that,” she said.
“I could not have asked for a better team to be involved with.”
Cameron said she had a keen passion for football from an early age, something that prompted her to get involved in the sport.
“As a young girl I did not get the opportunity to play footy, so just knowing they have these opportunities if they wish to take them to go on and play higher level football is great,” she said.
“My father has probably been in the background to most people, he does not like the limelight but he has been a huge support and has a good football mind and helps me bounce ideas around.
“And my mother and partner have been a great support with the job involving some challenging times during the season.”