Former Hockeyroos Olympian Georgie Parker joins a number of cross coded players in Australian Rules Football and tells Ash Nelson why she always wanted to play footie
The Circle is hosted by Ash Nelson
Podcast length: 32′ 33″
Being good enough to represent your country in one sport is a sensational achievement; but imagine being an elite athlete for two sports. Australia have had a number of female cross code athletes of late including best and fairest Erin Phillips from basketball and AFLW, soccer and cricket superstar Ellyse Perry and let us not forgot tennis and cricket talent Ash Barty. One hockey player looking to make her mark in AFLW is ex Hockeyroo Georgie Parker. Hear about the differences in training and professionalism from the resident funny lady and tweeter extraordinaire. Make sure you listen until the end and take part in Georgies interesting Twitter poll questions for yourself – is soup a meal?
The former hockey player remarked: “I was the fittest I could be and the strongest I could be and did everything right because I wanted to do not just myself proud but I wanted to do my sport proud.” But she admits that making the switch was a big leap: “[It was] a massive hit to the ego really, I’m going from being one of the best in the country and one of the best teams in the world to essentially being the worst in my team and I hated that.” And with it come the trophy scars: “I’ve been a Collingwood member for what a year now and I’ve already lost one tooth.”