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NAMBOUR touch footballer Peta Rogerson is still on cloud nine following her announcement as the Sunshine Coast Sports Star of the Year at the Hyatt Coolum last week.
WHEN Nambour's Peta Rogerson first pulled on a pair of touch boots, it was as a last-minute ring-in for a game of social footy.
Greatest sporting achievement: Winning 2 World Cups (South Africa 2007 and Scotland 2011). I also won Sunshine Coast Sports Person of the Year in 2011.
Greatest achievement off the field: Teaching Degree and building house with my Husband
Who is your sporting heroine? Cheryl Griggs – She is an extremely talented sports person and is continually encouraging and supportive of women in sport.
How many hours per week do you train/exercise? Depending on where I am at during a season I can train individually 4 times per week, Train with a team up to 3 times per week and play in competition 2 times a week. Approximately 10 - 15 hours.
What do you love about your sport? I love the team aspect of Touch Football, I have made some life long friends through the sport. I also love that Touch Football has a mixed element (men and women) both playing on the field together – not many sports have that.
If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? It would be amazing if Touch Football was in the Olympics.
What motivates you? There are a lot of different things that motivate me: keeping healthy, having fun, winning, not letting team mates down, family and friends.
Do you have a profession outside of your sport? Yes, unfortunately Touch Football is not a professional sport so I am a PE teacher, which is pretty fun as far as ‘jobs’ go.
Three words that describe you: Honest, Loyal and Dedicated.
If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? Go down to your local touch football association and sign on into a team and get involved. It is a great family sport and that is how I started – playing locally with my Dad and sister.
Peta has been a member of the Australian Womens Open Touch Football team for a number of years. Is the current Queensland Womens Open Captain, Sunshine Coast Womens Open Captain. Sunshine Coast Sports Star of the year in 2011 in all Sports on the Sunshine
Peta is an inspiration to all athletes. She is very approachable and takes the time to speak and support us juniors at Club level. She tells us that as a junior she did not make any representative teams but with hard work you can and look at her now - the