Danielle Laidley (she/her)

AFL player, coach and transgender advocate

Danielle Laidley (birth name Dean Laidley) played 151 games for West Coast Eagles and North Melbourne football clubs, winning an AFL premiership with the Kangaroos in 1996. She became one of the youngest senior coaches ever at 36, coaching North Melbourne for 149 games across seven seasons from 2003 to 2009.

Following her diagnosis with Gender Dysphoria, Danielle now works extensively as an advocate for transgender people, raising awareness in a quest for acceptance of diversity.