With the eyes of the nation locked on Tokyo, we got thinking about which GIANTS we'd send to represent the Orange Army to take on the world.
100m sprint: Bobby Hill
Hill has shown his speed across his first 29 AFL games and there’s no doubt the speedster will be faster than ever after serving 14 days in a transition hub. He’s set to rejoin the AFL squad this Thursday.
Boxing: Shane Mumford
After his retirement in 2017, Mumford put his energy into boxing and made significant strides in a short space of time. He won his one and only fight and hasn’t ruled out getting back in the ring after his AFL career.
Marathon: Lachie Whitfield
Since entering the AFL in the opening round of the 2013 season, Whitfield has been renowned for his running ability. In his 162 games since, he has only improved with his gut running considered one of the best in the game. With a bit of training, there’s no doubt the 27-year old could stretch out to 42.2km.
Triathlon: Nicola Barr
When Nicola Barr is not playing or training for footy, she can be found swimming, riding or running. Her passion and ability to go the distance would make her the perfect candidate to cross over to the endurance event.
Weightlifting: Brayden Pruess
The former North and Melbourne ruckman is yet to play a game for the GIANTS due to back to back long term injuries but has impressed everyone with his ability in the gym since joining the club. Lets hope he can make his club debut before the end of the season to put a horror 2021 behind him.
Rugby 7s: Chloe Dalton
She’s been on the Olympic stage once before and was part of the Australian team that claimed gold in Rio. Without Dalton in Tokyo due to a broken cheekbone, her team mates fell short in defending their title. She’s far too humble to say it but we will - with Dalton on the field it may have been a different story.
Decathlon: Jake Stein
The rugged defender represented his country in this multi-disciplined event before chasing his AFL dream. Stein went to Glascow Commonwealth games in 2014 and remains close friends with Brandon Starc (who finished fifth in the high jumper over the weekend) and many other members of The Australian athletics team. Speaking of multi-disciplined athletics events, Emily Pease was also a star of the heptathlon in her junior years and we can’t wait to see her on the footy field in the 2021/22 season.
High Jump: Isaac Cumming
Now doubt you’ve been impressed by Isaac Cumming’s ability on the field this season but it’s his work off the field that often has him turning heads. His vertical jump is one of his strengths and his box jump effort last year became a viral sensation.
Swimming: Alyce Parker
We thank our lucky stars that Alyce Parker took an interest in footy as her second love of swimming is the talk of the nation at the moment following a record breaking week in the pool. Parker (and fellow country GIANT Jacob Hopper) were both impressive swimmers in their junior days. With the way Parker dedicates herself to her chosen field, we reckon she could have been on the dais with our golden girls in Tokyo.
Volleyball: Erin McKinnon
McKinnon was the youngest and tallest player in the first AFLW season and continues to be one of the tallest across the 14-team competition. Volleyball is in her blood with her father Bruce pulling on the green and gold for Australia many moons ago. McKinnon continues to play the sport for Sydney Uni when time allows.
Basketball: Erin Todd
Before making her debut for the GIANTS, Todd played for basketball at the top level, representing Dandenong, Adelaide and the Sydney Flames in the WNBL. The Opals have become one of Australia’s most respected teams and Todd wouldn’t look out of place on the court in Tokyo.
Surfing: Toby Greene
Like a lot of people, Toby Greene picked up a new hobby during the 2020 lockdown. His happened to be surfing and like most things with Toby, he’s fully committed to it. We have no idea if how he’d go on the world stage, but knowing his love of traveling and a challenge, we think he deserves a crack on the big stage.