Richmond’s inaugural AFLW Best and Fairest winner Monique Conti has ambitions to develop her leadership skills following a standout first year as a Tiger.
Despite being just 20 years old, the star midfielder was one of the most experienced players on Richmond’s maiden list and showcased her maturity throughout her third AFLW season.
“The next step for me is building my leadership,” Conti told SEN on Friday morning.
“I do love to lead by example and my actions…Hopefully by doing what I’m doing, I encourage younger girls to come along with me as well.”
Conti polled 25 votes in Thursday night’s virtual Best and Fairest event to add to her impressive resume.
She is now a two-time Best and Fairest winner (Western Bulldogs 2019, Richmond 2020), a 2018 premiership player, which included winning best on ground in the Grand Final, and a 2019 All Australian.
But Conti was adamant any accolades that come her way are just a bonus.
“I just go out there and play my footy,” she said.
While Conti admitted watching Thursday night’s AFLW Best and Fairest from the comfort of her lounge room was far from usual, she appreciated being able to share the moment with her family.
As she accepted her award, she thanked her Tiger teammates.
“Running out with my teammates in the Yellow and Black is very special,” she said.
“We’re all on this journey together.
“I can’t wait to see how (the program) grows and I can’t wait to be a part of that in the future.”