Prior to becoming the NT Thunder VFLW Head Coach and NT Thunder Under 18 Women’s Academy Manager in January 2019, Thompson was the Brisbane Lions Women’s Academy Head Coach from 2016 – 18, overseeing the under 18 squad which was undefeated during her two years in charge. She also experienced the joy of having players drafted to the senior AFLW team.
In August 2018 Thompson was one of six women awarded a position in the inaugural AFL Women’s National Coaching Academy.
As part of the program, she is completing her Level 3 AFL coaching accreditation.
She was also a high school health and physical education teacher since 2004 and was at the same Brisbane-based school since 2011, appointed the Year 11 and 12 Coordinator in 2017 and 2018.
Thompson had a successful eight-year career in the QWAFL playing with Sherwood, Yeronga and Wilston Grange until she retired at the end of the 2017 season. No stranger to accolades, she is familiar with what it takes to play representative footy, having been selected for the QWAFL Team of the Year and the QLD Sunfire team.