East Fremantle mums on motherhood and football dreams

Monday, May 13, 2024 - 11:59 AM

East Fremantle Women’s teams celebrated all mums, mums-to-be, step-mums, grandmothers and role models with free entry and a special guard of honour as the players took to the field on Sunday 12 May.

In light of Mother’s Day, Sharks players and coaches shared insights into motherhood and professional football. 

East Fremantle Women’s Coach Karen Salkilld said being a mum has opened her up to a more nurturing style of communication. “I feel like I bring this into my coaching and I feel and understand more of the complexities of performing. It has also allowed me to surround my two daughters with amazing girls and role models. The girls at East Freo are amazing to my kids and make them feel a part of the family. They love it.”

Co-captain and mother of two Beth Beckett said “balancing football and being a mum wouldn’t be possible without the support of my husband and kids, friends and family, coaches and support staff, co-captain and leadership group, the club and the playing squad around me. I hope I can show my boys that there is no limit to what you’re capable of, that to succeed in anything, balance is needed in life and most of all - always be yourself.”

Player Kim Boulton said that in a lot of ways football and motherhood share things in common. “Both are at times chaotic, challenging and sleepless, but are also exciting, unpredictable, and incredibly fulfilling. Footy is different in the way that it is about love driven by passion, and the hours spent together working tirelessly towards the same goal brings mutual respect. You end up loving your teammates like they are your family, and when you step onto the field with your family instead of your teammates it hits differently. Your desire to protect them, your need to comfort them when things don’t go the way they’re supposed to, your excitement in celebrating their wins instead of your own. These are all traits of parenthood and somehow our wonderful game brings them out in us in ways that we often don’t even stop to realise. I’ve come to learn that footy, no matter what your role in the success of the team, requires us to be selfless, selfless like a mother, but also fierce like one too.”

East Fremantle celebrates and supports women in all areas of football, with player Leanne Gubbins sharing “being a mum definitely changes you especially when you come into an already established family unit. Balancing footy and mum life is easy when the people around you support your craft.”

Player Rennie Meadmore added “footy is something I've enjoyed for a long time and wouldn’t be possible without my supportive husband. One day, I may just be that inspiration that my daughter can do whatever she puts her mind to.”