Fremantle superstar Kiara Bowers has once again been recognised for her outstanding footballing achievements, winning the Herb Elliott Medal for the ‘Most Inspirational Performance by a WA Sportsperson’.
She was named as a joint winner alongside athlete Peter Bol, who won the hearts of the nation after qualifying for the final of the 800m at the Tokyo Olympics.
She is the second Fremantle player to win the award, joining Nat Fyfe’s acknowledgement in 2016 after winning the 2015 Brownlow Medal.
The award goes alongside a long list of accolades for the three-time All Australian, including the 2021 AFLW Fairest and Best, the 2021 AFLW Coaches Champion Player of the Year and winning the best on ground medal in all three Derby clashes between Fremantle and West Coast.
Her achievements in 2021 came while continuing to work full time as a carpenter while raising her newborn son Nate with her partner Adele.
On the field Bowers continued to be the dominant player in the AFLW in 2021, starring through the midfield, averaging one clearance per game and more than four tackles per game more than any other player.
She continues to be the barometer for Fremantle, with the Club making finals every year since she returned from injury in 2019 and winning the Club’s fairest and best in each of those seasons.