Playing footy in the AFL is a dream that so many people have, and only a selected few are able to do. This was the dream for Katie Brennan, who thought that women would never be able to play in such a well-known league. Yet, here I am introducing her to my blog today as one of the top upcoming players in the AFL. She talks about her time with the Western Bulldogs, how to play AFL whilst running a business and studying all at once and what she wished she knew as a young girl.
Ellie: Women playing in the AFL is an amazing step up in the way of sport – what do you think this means for the future of all women’s sports?
Katie: The sporting landscape has changed forever and it’s so great to see its gaining momentum in all sports. A young woman can now choose to play any sport and is on a level playing field in terms of participation. We still have a long way to go but we are making progress.
ES: What has been your most memorable moment with the Western Bulldogs?
KB: The all stars game would have to be my most memorable moment to date. It was an amazing occasion for women’s football and a great celebration of how far we have come as a sport. We were able to celebrate as players by putting on a great spectacle but we also were able to pay tribute to the incredible pioneers who have made the sport what it is today.
ES: Away from the footy field you run your own business, KB Performance, as well as studying at university. Do you find it hard juggling everything whilst your football career is climbing up the ladder?
KB: It is a challenge, but it teaches you incredible things everyday and I gain so much from having variety in my life. I am very driven and always wanting to improve whether it is in sport, business or life so being out of your comfort zone is the best way to do that. I have a view that life is too short not to be doing what you love.
ES: What advice would you give your 12-year-old self about pursuing a career in sport?
KB: I would say – dream as big as possible and go after those dreams. Absolutely anything is possible.
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