Our first ever interview
Today is an article that I am more than delighted to bring you .
It was always my intention to introduce some interviews to the site but not with anyone thats mainstream rather more the average person’s story thats worth telling .
If its in a sport even better.
Little did I imagine we would be having our first interview with an actual professional football player !
Some of you will know I spent a year living and working in New Zealand which I often and truly describe as the best year of my life.
The Ward family were one of the real reasons that year turned out to be ‘ ” the year “.
Of Nottingham stock I couldn’t speak highly enough of these fine people and indeed am still in weekly contact with one in particular called Tim.
Who actually was converted into a Tim quickly helping form the River Bhoys upon the banks of the Avon in beautiful Christchurch City.
Infact he rented my digs upon departure with the insistence that the posters stay exactly where they are please. Of course they did and he assures me they had to fall down naturally he just couldn’t bring himself to rip them off that hallowed wall.
Well it turns out Tim’s niece has only went and signed professional forms with the Brisbane Roar after trials !!!
Women’s footie has never been as big or popular and is a sport on the rise. So of course we wouldn’t miss an opportunity to twist his arm and get us some exclusive content lined up !
I will say no more.
Enjoy and the lady herself will be monitoring responses I am assured.
Please give her a big warm welcome and she is officially recognised as Friend of the Sentinel’s.
1,, Hi would you please tell us a little about yourself ?
Hi my name is Danielle Ward and I’m 18 years old. I was born in Christchurch New Zealand and grew up there playing footy from the age of five . At the age of 15, my family and I moved to Brisbane Australia where I later on signed my first professional contract with the Brisbane Roar at the age of 17.
2,,,When did you first notice you really liked football ?
I’ve always liked football for as long as I can remember. I grew up in a football mad family and so football has always been apart of my life. Like I said earlier I believe I first began to play football at the age of 5 but I can’t really remember as it feels like I’ve been playing all my life!
3,,,Was it a hard road leading up to signing professional ?
Of course it was. The road leading up to signing your first professional contract is long and requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Injuries and other set backs are a part of any elite athletes career and it all depends on how you bounce back from them. I had my fair share of injuries growing up but thankfully nothing too serious. The training load and motivation that is required to succeed can be overwhelming at times but if it’s really something you desire you can push through it. Don’t kid yourself though once you’ve made it professional the hard work doesn’t stop. There are always people trying to take your spot and it requires all those same things and more to make sure you keep it.
4,,,What is the standard like in Australia for women’s football ?
The standard of football here in Australia is fantastic. The technical and physical abilities of players all over the country is outstanding and the leagues are continuing to improve every year. Moving here was an integral part of why I was able to sign my first professional contract at the age of 17 as I believe if I hadn’t been exposed to this level of training and professionalism so early on it wouldn’t have happened.
5,,,What position do you play in ?
The position I play is a centre back. I love having the game in front of me and being able to guide the players in front of me.
6,,, Do you have any footballing or sporting heroes that gave inspiration?
A footballing inspiration of mine would have to be Australia Womens teams centre back, Claire Polkinghorne. Claire also plays for the Brisbane Roar and during my short time here I have learnt a lot from her both on and off the field. I believe she is one of the few great role models for younger girls aspiring to play at an elite level.
7,,, Have you heard of our great club Glasgow Celtic FC ?
I have heard of them but unfortunately don’t know that much about them. I mainly follow football here in Australia.
8,,, Would you have any advice for young people who dream of playing the game professionally ?
A piece of advice from myself to any younger player would be to just work you’re absolute hardest. Individual talent can only take you so far and it’s your desire to be better, the hard work you put in on and off the field and your willingness to make sacrifices that will make you that 1% better then anyone else.