Quinn living the league dream
A YEAR ago Talesha Quinn rang her mum to tell her she was throwing in her job, packing up and moving to Sydney and facing an uncertain future without any sort of income because she wanted to play football “with all my heart”.
A little over 12 months on, Quinn is still in her job with the Australian Army, a member of the Jillaroos, preparing to make her World Cup debut and in her own words “living the dream”.
“I’m a leagie, it’s my passion, and to play the game I loved so much, I had to give it a shot,” said Quinn, ahead of the Jillaroos’ World Cup opener against the Cook Islands on Thursday.
With the backing and support of the Australian Army who put her in an elite sport program, Private Quinn, 28, (pictured) was relocated from Townsville to Sydney, signed with the Sharks, made the NSW team which defended its interstate crown against Queensland and was named in the World Cup squad.
“Just over a year ago I wasn’t even playing. I can’t thank the army enough for supporting me. What a crazy, crazy ride,” she said.
“I think what I have done can show people that sometimes you just have to put yourself out there and just do it.”