Karen Paxman


AFLW All-Australian Team Member 2017

Melbourne FC AFL Club Ambassador 2018

Runner Up Best & Fairest AFLW League 2017

Runner Up MVP for AFL Player Association and Melbourne FC

Melbourne FC priority selection for AFLW 2017

Darebin Falcons VFL

7 times Premiership Player

6 times All Australian

2016 VFL Team of the Year





DOB: 25/11/1988

BORN: Melbourne

HEIGHT: 170cm

CLUB: Melbourne FC/ Darenin Falcons

POSITION: Midfield/ Half Back

EDUCATION: Studying Social Work at RMIT

OCCUPATION: Development Coach for Ladder, the AFL Players Association Charity focused on youth homelessness

PERSONAL MOTTO: Treat others the way you would like to be treated (Karen’s Mum always liked to remind her of this when she was growing up and it has stuck with her)


"An elite four-quarter performer with an exceptional work rate, Paxman is regarded as one of the best runners in the league. Highly competitive, Paxman plays predominantly in the midfield and half-back."

-Melbourne FC


Karen has had an extensive career at state and national level. The elite midfielder was signed by Melbourne FC as their priority pick for the AFLW 2017 season and what a season she had! She played just about every minute of every game in the inaugural competition and was runner up Best and Fairest 2017.

Karen was often awarded best on ground, with the third highest number of disposals, second highest number of kicks and first highest number of marks in the entire competition. She was also runner up Most Valuable Player for the AFL Players Association and Melbourne FC.

Outside of playing football Karen is a Development Coach for Ladder, the AFL Players Association Charity focusing on youth homelessness. She is also studying social work at RMIT University.

Karen is known for her exceptional work-rate, competitiveness and passion; on and off the field.

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