Talents and skills needing to stir and blossom

Reading  stories in The Women’s Footy Almanac 2018, my thoughts about talents and skills came up and I would love to share them here.


In the second article written by Kate O’Halloran, I was shocked to hear how Bec Goddard had to end her coaching role at Adelaide Crows. The club were keen to keep her, but only offered her an administrative tip-up role.


Why couldn’t Goddard be involved in women’s football more rather than in administration? Why can’t her talents and skills be utilised fully in her profession?


While men are offered their footy jobs no matter if they play or coach on a  full time basis, why do women only have part time footy jobs?


As a person whose skills and talents are still under utilising fully, I can imagine how stressed Goddard is.


St Kilda is entering into AFLW in 2020 and I assume Peta Searle will be our senior coach. She’s currently a head coach at Southern Saints in VFLW, so I reckon she can coach both AFLW and VFLW sides.


Then why not have such roles for Goddard?


Adding the controversial Katie Brennan missing the 2018 Grand Final, gender equalisation is absolutely needed in women’s footy.


Then the following story written by Kasey Symons featuring Kendra Heil is a great read and a positive one.


Like myself, Heil had grown up in a country where footy is not played widely. She was introduced to the Australian sport just after her graduation in fine art.


She started playing footy in her home land of Canada and made a trip to Australia in 2014 for the International Cup.


Then Kendra joined the Eastern Devils in Mulgrave where she has played for two seasons and became her home away from home.


Improving her kicking skills and no longer helicoptering the ball side ways, the Canadian was selected to be a part of the first Women’s Academy.


However ACL ruptures hit her in 2016 and 2017. The latter was occurred during the pre-season training for Collingwood AFLW team.


Seeing her teammates playing footy in the top women’s competition on the bench and in the coaches box must be frustrating. As a passionate amateur player, I understand how she feels.


But her partner’s suggestion she should focus more on the art provided her good opportunities showing her passions, skills and talents.


Passions of footy and talents and skills in art are stirred up in order to create footy art.


It’s a great example to see blossom.


Needless to say her painting of Hannah Scott holding the premiership cup covers the book. And it’s incredible.


Also Kate has raised the issues brilliantly while Kasey has written a positive and bright story. Both have done terrific jobs.


I am improving my life but still seeking opportunities of breakouts, especially profession.


Taking new challenges is all good and I have to take further steps to achieve my life goals.


The Women’s Footy Almanac 2018 brings forward so many positives.




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About Yoshihiro Imagawa

Love, passion and pride are seen on the footy that is the biggest part of my life. 1. St Kilda Club member: I am a passionate and crazy Sainter. Just hope we will win the second flag soon, especially after Dogs and Tigers having ended long premiership draughts. 2. The Osaka Dingoes Player and Public Relations Officer: Player number 44 that I chose to honour Stephen Milne with my wish being like a small forward like him. Lenny Hayes' hardworking attitudes are adopted on my trainings and practices. Nick Riewoldt's great plays are in my player audiobook too. 3. Writing: Here on the Almanac and also on the World Footy News. My skills utilise on great footy websites.


  1. Kasey Symons says

    Thanks Yoshi – glad to see you’re enjoying the book!

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