Raised in a family of 14 in Broadmeadows, Melbourne, by an incredibly strong mother she still credits as her biggest inspiration, she went from playing against the boys to representing Australia in one of sport’s biggest arenas at 18 years old. But last year, she made a ridiculously tough choice, withdrawing from the AFLW draft in order to support her family, including now-wife, Isabella, and her sister, Vinny.
But as she reveals in the new episode of our podcast series Uninterrupted, it was a something that just had to happen. “It was either quit my job and play footy. Or play footy and quit my job,” she says. “It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. But it was like a forced decision. Family’s got to come first, because footy doesn’t pay the bills.”
In this inspiring conversation, she opens up about resilience, marriage equality, surviving tough times, her secret love of high tea (thanks to sporting trailblazer and mentor Susan Alberti) plus her hopes and dreams for the future, including her current IVF journey.
But most importantly of all, she shares a message of self-love and acceptance, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. As she says: “Unfortunately, a lot of kids these days are getting caught up on who they think they have to be. But every single person (even identical twins) has something different about them for a reason. We don’t need to be clones of each other. Just be you, and bring out your beautiful uniqueness.”
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