Lisa De Vanna
SHE is considered one of the greatest female footballers in the world, but Matildas co-captain Lisa De Vanna stays out of the spotlight, now living a “mostly quiet life” in Point Cook. However, next month she is planning on making plenty of noise when she heads to the Rio Olympics. The striker, 31, who led Melbourne City to victory in the W League this season, is eager to add a gold medal to her swag of achievements, which already includes one Olympics, three World Cups and 38 international goals.
Assuming we don’t have a game, my Saturday is pretty relaxed. I’d normally get up and go to the gym first thing. My sister, her husband and I might go to the beach, walk the dog and have a nice breakfast. Just chill and chat. I love Melbourne because it’s pretty chilled like that, but I feel like I’m more here for work than anything else. I do sometimes get recognised when I am out and about. I always think it’s so nice for our sport that someone loves it enough to recognise a player. When I think back to when I was a kid, all my football role models were men.
A picture of my dad, Frank, who died eight years ago. I still miss him every day. I like to think he would be proud of me and what I have achieved. He definitely comes to me when I need him. When we were in Japan, attempting to qualify for Rio, I begged him so much to help, and I am sure he heard me.
I don’t really have one. If I want to cook I just open a cookbook or look something up on the internet and I’ll attempt to make it. That approach can be pretty hit and miss. I’m no bloody Jamie Oliver, that’s for sure.
My sister, brother-in-law and I have a pretty good system going and share the load around the house. We’ll split up areas and just get the cleaning done. I do like to annoy my sister, who is a little bit OCD, by leaving dishes in the sink or a single knife on the table.