Work­ing dou­ble time

WITH her full-time job and pro­fes­sional soc­cer ca­reer, Carla Ben­nett leads a dou­ble life. But from the of­fice to the field, she has the jug­gling act mas­tered.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Kaylee Martin

BY day, she is the ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to the City of South Perth’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Ge­off Glass, but by night, Carla Ben­nett is a pro­fes­sional soc­cer star for Perth Glory Women.

While she’s been play­ing soc­cer com­pet­i­tively since about age seven, this year marks the 23-year-old’s first with WA’s na­tional league women’s team.

As a full-time em­ployee with the City of South Perth, Ben­nett has been forced to mas­ter a jug­gling act be­tween her pro­fes­sional ca­reer and life as an elite ath­lete.

“Gen­er­ally we train four nights a week, so it means I quite of­ten have to duck out of work a bit ear­lier to make it in time,” she said.

“The ses­sions nor­mally go for about two hours, and some­times we have to get up early and do morn­ing gym ses­sions on top of that.”

With work­ing full-time and train­ing, Ben­nett has found her­self con­stantly on the go.

Be­ing part of the team of­ten means trav­el­ling in­ter­state as Perth Glory face off against the league’s other teams, so Ben­nett splits a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of her time be­tween work and soc­cer.

“De­pend­ing on what day we’re play­ing and whether we’re play­ing in an­other state, I may have to take time to travel,” Ben­nett said.

“The games are nor­mally on a Sun­day and then I’m back at work on Mon­day so there’s not much time for a so­cial life.”

Perth Glory Women are cur­rently fifth on the lad­der.

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Carla Ben­nett burns the can­dle at both ends.

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