Rebecca Webster is training at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra as a member of the AFL Women’s National Academy.
The Mooroopna product is one of 33 players included in the squad that aims to accelerate the performance of potential draftees into the new female competition.
The academy will run in the same way as the men’s version that had Will Brodie and Jy Simpkin learning under Brenton Sanderson before joining AFL clubs Gold Coast and North Melbourne, respectively, at last year’s national draft.
Webster, 16, is a level one academy member and is another year off potentially joining the top tier competition.
Players were selected after being scouted at last year’s AFL women’s under-18 championships, where Webster represented Vic Country.
From that carnival Webster was touted as a player to watch, taking part in a youth All Star match at Whitten Oval before the women’s showcase in September.
Webster kicked two goals in the Cats’ Shepparton District Junior Football League premiership win last year and is a member of the Murray Bushrangers’ youth-girls pre-season squad.
Following a week at the AIS, Webster will attend another high performance camp in April.