GETTING TO KNOW
Rio-bound soccer player Ellie Carpenter.
YOU’RE ONE OF THE YOUNGEST PEOPLE EVER TO PLAY SENIOR INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL FOR AUSTRALIA – HOW DOES THAT FEEL?
It’s pretty cool to be the first millennial to play for the international team. It’s an amazing achievement for me.
YOU’RE OFF TO RIO. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST?
It’s always been a dream to go to an Olympic Games, and be in the athletes’ village with the likes of Usain Bolt and Neymar [da Silva Santos Júnior]… it will be amazing to share the same atmosphere as them.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR SOCCER CAREER SO FAR...
When I was 14 I got a call up to the Western Sydney Wanderers in the W-league. I played every minute of every game in my debut season, so that was pretty cool. I made my debut for Australia at 15.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR GAMES?
The morning of game day I have avocado and poached eggs, a rest, then a coffee. On the way to the game I have three playlists that I always listen to. I continue listening to them in the change rooms to keep myself focused.
WHAT ARE THE TOP THREE SONGS ON YOUR WORKOUT PLAYLIST?
Beyoncé’s ‘Partition’, Timmy Trumpet and Savage’s ‘Freaks’ and Flume’s album Skin.
HOW DO YOU FIT IN SCHOOL WORK?
It’s hard, I’ve only been to school about five days this year. My school is pretty lenient because it’s a sports school – they give me work for while I’m away.
THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A SOCCER PLAYER IS...
Travelling the world with your best friends and playing the sport you love.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO YOUNG GIRLS AIMING TO BE PRO ATHLETES?
You have to sacrifice a lot but if you do, and work hard, you’ll eventually reach your goal.
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