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1. How did you get involved in football?
I’ve always had an interest in football, enjoyed watching it on television and at the local footy. I played auskick growing up as a kid, I also got involved just kicking the footy and playing with the boys at school. Then I played mini's (U13s) at halftime seniors until I was too old to continue playing with the boys.
2. How have you been impacted by gender stereotypes playing football?
I was unable to play football beyond the age of 13 due to the rulings of girls playing with boys and there being no other current pathways in the community or region. Being the only girl playing football in the league (and likely the region) it was just expected that when I became too old that was it and I would head back over to netball to play the ‘female’ sport. I think people still continue to use stereotypical comments regarding females playing a ‘males’ game and feel the need to highlight the differences between the games.
3. What would you say to other people wanting to be involved in women’s football (or other male dominated sports)?
Give it a go. Regardless of what others say there will always be people who have negative comments towards being involved but if its your passion follow it. You never know where it may take you or the opportunities that may arise.
4. How do you think living in a rural area impacts opportunities in relation to gender?
It definitely restricts the opportunities to participate in male dominated sports. Being in rural areas there aren’t as many females and sometimes the only option is to participate with the males, which takes a lot of confidence and of course there are limited opportunities to compete competitively or just for fun. However I see this as somewhat of a positive as it provided me with the opportunity to play footy with the boys as a kid, something that definitely helped to improved my skills, which may not have happened if i were in a metro area as they may not have been as accepting for females to join the boys.
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