The Number 1 pick in the 2021 AFLW National Draft, Charlie Rowbottom wasted no time stamping herself on the competition in 2022.
Charlie Rowbottom grew up in Melbourne, with football in her blood as the younger sister of James at the Sydney Swans, and niece of former player Brian Taylor.
First picking up a football in year 8, Charlie quickly rose through the ranks, representing the Oakleigh Chargers in the NAB League and Vic Metro in the Under 18 National Championships.
A powerful midfielder, Charlie was on the radar for many AFLW clubs ahead of the draft at the end of 2021. However after she nominated Queensland, she was selected with the Number 1 overall pick at found her home at the Gold Coast Suns.
Wasting no time making her mark on the competition, Charlie played all 10 games in the first 2022 season, season 6. She finished runner-up in the Gold Coast Suns Best and Fairest, and came runner-up in the NAB AFLW Rising Star award by a single vote.
With a second AFLW season in 2022, Charlie backed up her strong form in season 7, helping the Suns make great strides towards playing finals but eventually finishing 9th,
Charlie went one better and claimed her first Suns Best and Fairest in Season 7, and was named in the All-Australian squad for the first time.
Outside of football, Charlie enjoys spending time outdoors and at the beach.
She was a keen surf lifesaver growing up and spent her summers helping out at beaches along Victoria’s coast.