My Life As… A Trailblazer – Abbey Holmes

Abbey Holmes is the ultimate sporting trailblazer. She is the first and only woman to kick 100 goals in Aussie rules football. We caught up with her at the 2015 EJ Whitten Legends Game.

Abbey Holmes’ Background

Abbey has already had a phenomenal sporting career in a variety of sports including state league netball, bodybuilding and most recently Australian rules football.

“My background has always been netball. It is only through the girls that I play netball with up in Darwin, they convinced me to go out and give footy a go.”

It didn’t take Abbey very long to have a huge impact in her newly adopted sport. She kicked herself into the history books last year by becoming the first ever woman to kick 100 goals in Aussie rules football.

It was a huge moment for the NTFL Waratah’s star forward but Holmes thinks it’s her teammates that deserve a lot of the credit.

“It was a wonderful day. I play with such amazing players at the Waratahs football club. I wouldn’t have been able to do that without them. So all of the accolades definitely go towards those girls.”

EJ Whitten Legends

Representing the All Stars in this year’s 20th EJ Whitten Legends match, Abbey Holmes is an inspiration for many young footy players around Australia. For the second consecutive year she took the stage with some of the all-time greats of the game.

Hawthorn Premiership star Shane Crawford believes Abbey is a great role model and inspiration for many young girls looking to pursue their sporting dreams.

“Abbey’s an awesome story. She’s a great sport. We know she’s talented at all different sports but I think she gives all the women in the audience and all the young girls something to aspire to. Hopefully one day they can run out here and be a part of what is a great occasion.”

Abbey Holmes is determined to continue her brilliant work on the footy field. She hopes to see the profile of women’s AFL continue to grow in Australia.

“Something that I’m extremely passionate about is promoting women and girls in a positive light in such a male dominated sport (AFL), and all other sports as well.”

We caught up with Abbey and spent a day in her life during the 2015 EJ Whitten Legends Game.

Additional Information

Episode Length: 3:11 minutes
Sport: Australian Rules Football
Producer: Michael Lynch
Executive Producer: Edris Toussaint
Production Company: More Than A Game Productions
Published on July 10, 2015

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