Janelle Cuthbertson

Sport is incredibly powerful. It is an avenue to connect people from all different walks of life. It has the ability to bring people together, to transform communities to share stories. For me personally – it provides me with a platform to compete and push me to get the best out of myself both as a person and as an athlete. Moving from an individual sport to a team sport – I have got so much joy from sharing my journey with team mates, building relationships, sharing the highs and the lows. Sport has taught me resilience and perseverance. My goals at the moment are to focus on being present and in the moment and enjoy the process. I feel like i am in a position where i can focus on helping the ones around me and that will in turn make me a better person.
Current Team
Port Adelaide Football Club
Current Position
175 cm
  • Bachelor of Sports Management - Texas A&M University
  • Graduate Certificate in Project Management - Curtin University
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Now in her 4th year playing AFL, Janelle Cuthbertson has cemented herself as one of the best intercept Defenders in the league. Janelle joined Port Adelaide Football Club as a priority signing ahead of the 2023 AFLW season after playing 24 games for Fremantle Football Club for four seasons. Janelle was named All-Australian following her breakout year in 2021 after being drafted by Fremantle in 2019 and debuting in Round 1 in 2020.

Janelle is a cross code athlete, having played on the international tennis stage, ranked just outside the top 100 in the world as a junior. Janelle attended Texas A&M University on a tennis scholarship before returning to Perth in 2013 to focus on her career.

Janelle has a Bachelor of Sports Management and has significant experience in sports administration with roles in State Government, Local Government and State Sporting Associations. Janelle is currently the Commercial Operations Coordinator at Port Adelaide Football Club.

Sport has been Janelle’s life and a lot of what Janelle does is revolved around sport with self learning and personal development important to her. Janelle enjoys reading books and listening to podcasts about leadership/development/psychology-behavior, loves to cook and enjoy good food and wine (in the off season!), loves to travel, spend time with friends and family but her number one is her chocolate Labrador, Bentley!