The 2022 season has been a great year for the Newcastle Northstars with players reaching numerous milestones throughout the season. This year has also been significant for Associate Coach Amelia Matheson, who joined the coaching staff in 2020, and is thriving in her first complete Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) season, making her the first woman to reach this achievement.
“Honestly, it's an honor,” Matheson began. “Times have changed over the years and we are living in a world where there is more diversity and we are able to do these things. It was always a goal. I still remember talking to Leanne Dore telling her one day I’ll be here, and she said to me ‘I know you will’.”
“I have always had the drive to push hard and work hard to do everything I could to fulfil this. But you don’t get to these places without support. So it is a huge honour, especially knowing there are young girls and other women out there who will see what I have done and think ‘I can do that, too’. It’s about creating the pathway, that it’s okay to do and that it is possible.”