Pioneers of Female Football

Every year we go to the Easter Show and every time we stop by the football shop that has jerseys for famous football players. Last year however, was extraordinary….something special happened. I saw a young girl looking frantically amongst the Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo jerseys and then I heard her ask the shop assistant, “Do have a Kerr jersey?”

I couldn’t help but smile as I thought “Wow, that is fantastic”. That same year there were young boys in America purchasing jerseys with the names of the female football side in celebration of their World cup victory. And then there was Katie Sowers, an offensive coach of the San Francisco 49ers who helped coach the NFL team to the Super bowl.

For someone who has followed all kinds of sport most of my life, 2019 was a pivotal point for sport on so many levels. A series of events and media exposure helped bring female sport to the forefront.

There have been many people pioneering female sport for many decades, and it is good to remember the legacy they have made to get sport to get it where it is at (noticed I said sport, not female sport!).

I was lucky enough to be recently introduced to Trixie Tagg who coached the 1981 National Football (soccer) team that toured New Zealand and who played in the team in 1974 where NSW won the national championships. She explained how the men’s team was a great support to the teams she was involved in St George, NSW and the Australian side. There were many funny stories that followed as she reminiscenced about her involvement in the sport over 40 years ago.

This Saturday on the 29th February at the Rockdale Ilinden Sports Centre, West Botany Street, an inaugural launch of the celebration of past players who played for state teams and Australia will be held 12 noon till 5pm. Ticket cost is $70 which includes a Buffet Lunch. National Manager Betty Hoar and Coach Trixie Tagg will meet some of these players for the first time in 40 years. They include Julie Porter, Leah Wright and Toni McMahon. Cindy Heydon, Sue Monteath and Julie Dolan have remained close friends (pictured in the picture above).

The gathering will acknowledge not only past players commitment to the sport, but also demonstrates the friendships that are forged through sport and how sport can bring people together. It helps commemorate the pioneers of female sport, way before there were female footballer jersey memorabilia.

One of the many traits acquired through sport is persistence and resistance…. and that is something these ladies have in bucket loads. It is their passion and persistence that has helped pave the way for young girls to play whatever sport they want to play today.

If you are past player and/or would like to support the event, please contact Trixie or Cindy via emails trixietagg@hotmail.com and heydoncindy@gmail.com

Yvette Audet

Yvette Audet

Sport has been an integral part of my life, both work and personal. I grew up with sport, met my husband through sport and now as a mother, am involved more than ever in sport!

As a trainer and consultant in the industry I work with sporting groups and councils to create community facilities and partnerships aimed to increase sport participation.

I have created a range of articles from the perspective of a SPORTING MUM. The articles relate life skills and messages that we can get from being involved in sport. It’s uncanny how Sport can mirror life.

BIO

Involved in gymnastics, netball and athletics from an early age, Yvette experienced being part of a team as well as the unrelentless discipline in individual sport – in particular her Heptathlon days.

First became a mum in 2005 and remembers having the inner debate of how long should I play netball while pregnant? Doing quick breastfeeds in between netball games and hoping her uterus wouldn’t feel like falling out when she jumped for the ball.

Funny anecdotes aside, she has worked in the sport and recreation industry for almost 30 years and holds several certificates and degrees around the management and training of sport, community recreation, aquatics and fitness.

Through her various roles in profit and non-profit sectors, she has helped plan for programs, events and facilities to help get communities active through sport and recreation.

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