The AFL is set to make a decision on whether the first trans woman player can participate in its women’s competition.

Former national handball player Hannah Mouncey is awaiting news of her eligibility for tomorrow’s draft, according to

“If people have an interest in me because I’m trans, then that is what it is. I can’t control that,” Mouncey said in a recent interview.

“To be honest, I’ve probably heard and seen everything that you possibly can in the negative sense so that’s not really going to hold any fears for me there. I’m just keen to play, get picked up hopefully and then see what happens.”

The 27-year-old has tested well within the hormone limits prescribed by the International Olympic Committee that the AFL follows for trans players.

“I know that I am different, not necessarily in a good way or bad way,” Mouncey said.

“People have said ‘with how big you are you’ll probably hold back a bit so you don’t hurt anyone’ and I’m like, ‘well no, I’m not going to hold back, that defeats the whole purpose’.

“I had my ribs broken in my last game so I know they can hit me as hard as I can hit them and do damage. I know I’m seen differently but I won’t approach it any differently.”

Mouncey has stated she is not yet in a position to comment on the competition draft.

A decision from the league is expected this week.


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