TARA RUSHTON

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Contributors -

“Sam [Kerr] is a star. Peo­ple are drawn not only to the spark she adds to a con­test, but also to the way she com­petes, the pas­sion she has for the game and the way she han­dles her­self both on and off the pitch,” says the Fox Sports pre­sen­ter and foot­ball tragic, who muses on the most cap­ti­vat­ing personality in Aus­tralian women’s soc­cer right now on page 84. “She is in­cred­i­bly hum­ble, ap­proach­able, warm and kind. … A stel­lar ath­lete and, more im­por­tantly, a stel­lar per­son.” For women’s pro­fes­sional team sports in Aus­tralia … “the only way is up.while there have been sig­nif­i­cant in­roads made for women’s team sport in this coun­try, there is still a way to go. I an­tic­i­pate we will see the size of com­pe­ti­tions grow — so more teams and more fe­males not just ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing in the game, but also work­ing across the game in roles such as ref­er­ees, coaches and ad­min­is­tra­tion. With that, the stan­dard of the com­pe­ti­tion will im­prove, as will the pop­u­lar­ity, and in­ter­est from advertisers and net­works, mean­ing pro­fes­sional fe­male ath­letes will be paid more.” To be a great sports jour­nal­ist … “knowl­edge is key — know the game, know your sub­ject and be pas­sion­ate about it. Read, re­search, work the phones and look for a new way to tell the story.an abil­ity to think on your feet and re­act quickly is a must, as well as an abil­ity to choose the ap­pro­pri­ate tone to con­vey what you can see and hear to your au­di­ence at home.”

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