Sport for Women

Tanya Oxtoby

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Go Karting
Location: Australia

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Q & A

Greatest sporting achievement: Most glorious player 2008 and 2011. Captaining Perth Glory Women’s since its inception + FA cup quarter final for Doncaster Rover Belles

Greatest achievement off the field: Completing my degree in Psychology – it took me a long time but finally got there!

Who is your sporting heroine? Being an aboriginal women I have always admired Cathy Freeman – she has unlimited talent and sheer determination.

How many hours per week to you train/exercise? Between 12-16 hours of training per week + any additional exercise such as going to the driving range!!!

What kind of diet or nutrition plan are you on? Every athlete knows what there body needs the most of, for me its carbohydrates and protiens (plus a double shot espresso coffee) for breakfast, then during the day for lunch a high carbohydrate meal to get myself ready for training. Then high protein meals in the evenings to help muscle repair. Also a lot of fruit throughout the day to snack on!!

What do you love about your sport? I love that Football is played in most countries you go to, anywhere in the world its like a universal language, and no matter what’s happening in the world it brings people together. Its an amazing thing!

If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? If I could change one thing in my sport it would be the use of video assistance for our sport. I think aids such as goal line technology to assist with knowing whether the ball has crossed the line or not is essential to our sport moving forward, as a lot rides on the results around the leagues these days.

What motivates you? To see how good I can be, and how much I can achieve within my sport. I have been told my whole career all the things I’m not that good at s people are always quick to point those out, and every time someone tells me the reasons I shouldn’t be playing that motivates me to not only prove them wrong, but see just how far I can push myself as a player.

Do you have a profession outside of your sport? I have a psychology degree and have been working with adolescent aboriginal kids – specialising in antisocial behavior. I also work within my governing body as the manager of women’s football, which allows me to develop and learn the administrative side of our game!

Three words that describe you: Stubborn, determined but soft

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? Never let anyone tell you your not good enough for something, if you enjoy a sport whether its my sport or any other for that matter, then dream big and you can achieve anything with determination, hard work and perseverance

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Women playing any sport is a wonderful thing, and women should support all women in all sports much as possible – stick together!!