In 2023, the club's number one ticket holder is Sarina Jackson, the current Chair of the Rainbow Swans (the official LGBTIQA+ supporter group) and she sits on the working group for Women in Sport, which is part of Sports NSW.
Sarina was instrumental in the establishment of the Rainbow Swans LGBTIQA+ supporter group, and continues to volunteer her time so generously. Sarina has also been a Member of the Sydney Swans Diversity Action Plan Committee since its inception and has guided our Club’s inclusion efforts.
“To be the number 1 ticket holder, it’s mind blowing,” a speechless Jackson said when receiving the honour.
“Everyone that knows me knows how much I love this club. I love it for the football that it plays but I love it for the leadership role that it does. Being involved in the Rainbow Swans, the DAP and World Pride Sydney 2023, this club is more than football.
“I know we do football and I know we do it really, really well but this club is a leader in it’s community and everything it stands for and to be a part of that is amazing.”
Sarina is an ongoing contributor to the Sydney Swans Foundation and a long-term advocate of women’s footy, particularly in Sydney. Sarina has been a passionate member of the Sydney Swans since 2005 along with her wife Mary and children Kassie and Alex.
In our inaugural season, former club director Lynn Ralph was given the honour of the inaugural Sydney Swans AFLW number one ticket holder in 2022.
Ralph, the first woman to be appointed to the Sydney Swans Board, has been a strong advocate for women in football and the development of the code in NSW for more than two decades.
Ralph was a Foundation Member of the AFL NSW/ACT Commission and has also played an instrumental role in founding L@SS (Ladies at Sydney Swans), the club’s official women’s supporter group.
An emotional Ralph addressed the room when announced as the number one ticket holder, thanking the club for being given the privilege.
“There are so many women who have done so much for this club over the years, I don’t feel like I have done enough, but I know I am going to share this with a lot of women,” Ralph said.
“I can’t wait to watch the journey that all the girls go on, we are all going on it together and like any trip, there will be ups and downs, but I have a really good feeling. The club is ready, the fans and members are ready.”
Sydney Swans No.1 ticket holders
|Peter Weinert||until 2008|
|Mal and Louise Binnie||2009|
|Trevor and Ailsa Bidstrup||2010|
|John and Loretta Cloney||2011|
|Peter and Maree Thomas||2014|
|Michael and Marg Joyce||2020, 2021|
Sydney Swans AFLW No.1 ticket holders