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My twins played U8 girls soccer two weeks ago, devastatingly 10-0, it was going to be a looooong season. From out of nowhere a new coach arrived on the scene. A confident, skilful and statuesque American young woman. The girls were enthralled.
Friday afternoon training. Dear Daughter, somewhat stroppily, pipes up "So how come you are our coach now? Did you go to the Olympics or something?" An unexpected response: "Yes. I competed at the Olympics on the USA women's soccer team." Stunned silence ensued.
The girls had their second game this morning. Total nail biter, we parents were on the edge the entire game. Final score 2-2 (even with a slightly biased umpire - a dad from the other team). Scored! Twice! And nearly 3 more times! Did you see that mum?!?! The girls were elated.
The parents were elated (and emotionally wrung out). The girls came so close to victory, leading the way most of the game. Importantly, their competitive spirit has now been awakened. All thanks to our magical coach who dropped out of the sky like a soccer fairy godmother.
This is why I will never stop advocating for the integrity of girls sports. Our coach had a full scholarship to a top US college on the basis of her sport. She went to the Olympics. Now she is inspiring a group of little Australian girls to do their best as a team on the field.
All girls deserve the same opportunities enjoyed by the women that came before - for a spot on the team or a place on the podium, for scholarships and a chance at a college education, opportunities to fulfil their dreams.
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