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Born in Wickham, Western Australia, Oxtoby began playing as an eight year old in the Pilbara town of Wickham, initially playing in a team coached by her father.

Between 1995 and 1999 she attended the Soccer Excellence Program at John Curtin College of the Arts. In 1999 Oxtoby was selected for the Australian Under–19 Schoolgirls team. After relocating on a number of occasions to pursue her football dream due to Perth not having a presence in the then Women’s National Soccer League, Oxtoby finally returned home to captain the Western Waves in 2005.


Her role within the Indigenous sporting community as a role model continued to grow due to her proud Aboriginal heritage and in 2008 she became the first Indigenous Captain in nearly formed W-League. During this time Oxtoby completed her a double major in Psychology at the university of Western Australia, and has worked in indigenous mental health with numerous government organizations in her field.


Throughout her playing career Oxtoby also juggled coaching at the highest level, involved with the female various National Training Centre programs, under 15 state teams and school holiday programs. This culminated in Oxtoby taking on the role of Manger of Women’s, Girls and Indigenous Football through the governing body Football west, overseeing all aspects of the game in these areas. After 40 consecutive appearances captaining the club over the 4 seasons, as well as winning two most glorious player awards, Oxtoby took up an offer to apply her trade overseas, representing Doncaster rover belles in the women’s Super League in England.


Whilst playing the Super league, Oxtoby accepted the role as Manager and technical Director of Nottingham Forest Ladies football club. After taking the Forest Ladies first team so a second place finish in her first season, Oxtoby was then recruited by Women’s super league side Notts County as Manager of Reserves and Development at the club, a post which she left to return to Perth to start TOFC.


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