STRONGER, FASTER, TOUGHER
NEW BREED OF SPORTSWOMAN N
Passion was once all women had to pursue their sporting dreams. Now the age of professionalism is transformingg the sporting p g landscape, and the competitors themselves. .
Women’s sport is thriving.
A surge of investment and interest has given a new generation of hardworking, dedicated athletes the opportunity to become even tougher, stronger and faster.
Award-winning Sunday Telegraph sports photographer Phil Hillyard has spent time with some of our best as they sweated through the grind of training in their quest to scale even greater heights.
WBBL and Aussie cricket superstar Ellyse Perry, Matildas and Sydney FC striker Caitlin Foord, Ironwoman champion Jordan Mercer, paddling world champion Jessica Fox and GWS Giants AFLW captain Amanda Farrugia are captured in their grit and glory.
All have experienced the highs and lows of top-level sport. All have played a part in the rocketing rise of women’s sport in Australia. These are their stories; about how they’ve toughened up for longer seasons, criticism from rivals and scrutiny from the public.
GWS Giants AFLW captain Amanda Farrugia works a heavy bag in training at Homebush.