After four years at the Club, Kate Starre will step away from her role as the AFLW High Performance Manager.

A legend of Australian sport winning two Olympic Golds as a part of her successful career as a Hockeyroo, Starre has been at the forefront of Fremantle’s AFLW High Performance program, pushing the players to train at the highest possible standard.

After missing the finals in the first two seasons of the AFLW, Fremantle have made finals for every season with Starre at the Club, highlighted by Preliminary Finals appearances in 2019 and 2022.

Fremantle also reached the Preliminary Final stage in 2020 with an undefeated season before it was called off due to Covid.

Prior to joining Fremantle, Starre coached hockey in the UK and worked with the University of Western Australia to research ACL injury prevention in women’s sport.

She will be taking the opportunity to return to University and further her already extensive knowledge.

“I’ve loved every minute of my time at Fremantle. To be able to work with professional females athletes in a competition that is gaining momentum so rapidly has been amazing.” Starre said.

“I want to wish all the players and staff the very best for season 7, I will be watching on proudly as I now consider so many of them close friends.”

Fremantle’s Head of Football Operations and Performance Bob Murphy said Starre would be missed by players and staff.

“Kate’s contribution to our AFLW program and Club as a whole has been significant since she arrived in 2019, bringing with her an innovative and engaging approach,” Murphy said.

“The consistent level of high performance and success on-field during Kate’s tenure has been a highlight and should be celebrated.

“From everyone across the Club, we thank Kate for her contribution to Fremantle and look forward to following her journey as she continues to impart her learnings on others.”

Fremantle will finalise Starre’s replacement prior to the commencement of the AFLW pre-season in June.