Beatrice Devlyn is an Australian rules footballer who played for the Fremantle Football Club in the AFL Women’s competition. Over the last three years, she has worked as a strength and conditioning coach at a private gym and for Subiaco’s women’s football club in the Western Australian Football League (WAFLW). Now, she’s the newest coach of Prepare Like A Pro for our Perth branch!
Everywhere you look, there are children with aspirations to one day become an astronaut, a head of state, or even a celebrity. But for young Beatrice, her ambitions were equally as lofty, if not more so, and she believed she could achieve them.
“I’m the biggest Dockers fan!” said Devlyn when she was 18 years old. “I remember when I was about eight, I wrote this little sign saying I was going to play for Fremantle one day, and here we are now. I’m overjoyed.”
Devlyn has excelled in local football, notably at the junior level, and has been named the Best and Fairest Youth Girl in Western Australia for three consecutive years. Devlyn was passed over in the draft, but she was given another chance in late 2016.
After signing with the club, Fremantle’s new AFLW recruits were subjected to a medical assessment. According to scan results, the bad news for midfielder Emily Bonser was that she had suffered not one but two ACL injuries during the 2016 WAWFL season for Swan Districts. Devlyn had a strong emotional connection to Bonser, but she realized she had to make the most out of the opportunity before her.
As a result of the call, Devlyn began training with the club as a member of the state academy, with the expectation that if she impressed, she would be named to the AFLW list. Devlyn maintained her composure and confidence in her abilities despite the high stakes that placed her life dream on the line.
Devlyn was the youngest player on Fremantle’s AFLW roster by more than a year, and she was the only member of the team who was a member of the WAWFL club in South Fremantle. As a resident of the area, Devlyn had the advantage of training and competing in almost the exact location.
She made her AFL debut in round four of the 2017 season when Adelaide defeated the Swans by a wide margin of 23 points at Fremantle Oval. She played the following week before being removed from the team’s round six encounters against Carlton, finishing the season with only two matches. After the 2017 season, she was delisted. She was later re-drafted by Fremantle as a rookie in the 2017 rookie draft, this time with the 16th overall selection.
While participating in a practice match before the start of the 2018 Australian Football League Women’s season, Devlyn suffered a finger injury. The surgery to reconstruct her finger was successful, and she was given a four-to-six-week recovery window. The AFL club delisted her at the conclusion of the 2018 season when she ruptured her left anterior cruciate ligament during a training session.
Having fully recovered from her knee injury, Devlyn was signed as an academy signing by the West Coast Eagles AFLW squad in July 2019. Devlyn was released by the Eagles on June 9, 2021, after spending her entire career with the organization and appearing in six games.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Devlyn has been working as a strength and conditioning coach for the last three years, at a private gym and for Subiaco’s women’s team in the WAFLW.
She recently completed her Master in Strength and Conditioning at ECU after completing her undergraduate degree with honors in Sport and Exercise Science at Murdoch University.
She believes that having dealt with her fair share of injuries throughout her playing career has helped her become a better coach since she has both the understanding gained as a player while in the main group and the hurdles she faced while in recovery.
Her passion for coaching stems from the ability to provide players with the chance to be their best selves and the tools to be successful while also being someone they can turn to for assistance in other aspects of their lives, which she believes is essential. She believes that the relationship between coach and athlete is significant and is highly passionate about it.
Devlyn will help you get football-ready. Her previous experience competing at the top level has given her a thorough understanding of the demands of high-level training and how to motivate players to push their limits while minimizing injury.