Nina Morrison has been named joint-winner of the AFLW Education and Development MVP award at the AFL Players’ Association Awards on Thursday night.

The award recognises a player who has successfully combined their football commitments with being engaged in a work commitment/placement, professional development, education and/or training.

Morrison was named winner of the 2021 award, alongside the Western Bulldogs’ Ellyse Gamble, in recognition of the outstanding commitment she has made to her education and training outside of football.

The Cats Leadership Group member has combined her football commitments with studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin University, majoring in mathematical modelling.

Through her course, Morrison has undertaken a placement with the Victorian Institute of Sport’s biomechanics team. She has also undertaken work placement with Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, working with the Data Science Team on and AFLW attendance numbers project.

At the Cats, Morrison has also taken on an ambassadorial role with the club’s GMHBA Healthy Heroes Program, a program the focuses on positive behaviour change across the key areas of physical activity, healthy eating, hydration, screen time, sleep and mental health and wellbeing for primary school-aged children. She has recently also become a facilitator for the program, helping deliver it into schools in the Geelong region.

While working through her rehabilitation from a second knee reconstruction, the 20-year-old has continued to show up and be involved in every aspect of training with the rest of the playing group, and has provided support and leadership to her teammates.