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Being a mum is a tough enough job - but these five women are crushing it on and off the sporting arena, balancing being a parent with life as a professional athlete.
By
Erin Byrnes

Source:
Zela
29 Apr 2016 - 2:55 PM  UPDATED 29 Apr 2016 - 3:00 PM

Can you really put family first and be a professional sportswoman in Australia?
Football’s Heather Garriock case has recently brought to the fore policies surrounding motherhood and professional sport in Australia. The ultimate goal is and should be full-time athletes and full-time work policies, including consideration for families and carers.

Casey Dellacqua

 

Dellacqua recently announced her and her partner Amanda Judd are expecting a second child in May 2016 - a sibling for the couple’s son Blake. Dellacqua kept the birth of her first child a secret until three weeks after his birth, revealing the news when quizzed about her absence from the WTA Tour.

Blake’s birth didn’t negatively impact on her game - in fact, motherhood did the opposite, with Dellacqua making the third round of the US Open after his arrival.

“It has probably been the best thing that has ever happened,” she said in 2014. “It has done nothing but bring good things to my life and also to my tennis.”

Sarah Elliott

 

Cricketer Sarah Elliott is one of the few who can lay claim to making a century in an Ashes test. But the feat was made all the more impressive by overcoming a hurdle male cricketers will never have to face – in between play, she breastfed her nine month old son Sam and express pumped on the sidelines.

The night before the test in 2013, Elliott woke up several times to breastfeed, then batted for five hours on day one to reach 95 not out at stumps. She again spent the night with Sam, before heading back to the crease the next morning to record her first ton.

She now has two sons, and continues to play semi-professional cricket, this year suiting up for the Melbourne Renegades in the Women’s Big Bash League.

Abby Bishop

 

At just 24 in the throws a professional basketball career, Bishop took over custody of her two day old niece Zala.

Bishop was forced to make the call to quit the Opals and miss the World Championships in order to care for Zala, with Basketball Australia happy for Zala to travel with the team, but unable to offer financial support due to budget restriction.

Bishop continued to play with Seattle Storm in the WNBA and the Canberra Capitals in the WNBL, with Zala travelling with the Caps on road trips. Bishop returned to the Opals squad in January, after BA agreed to pay some childcare costs, and will vie for a spot in the squad at the Rio Olympics.

Candace Parker

 

Basketball superstar Candace Parker is widely considered the best player in not only the WNBA, but the world. A lynchpin of the USA national team, Parker became only the second player to dunk in a WNBA game on June 22, 2008. Want more proof of how much of a legend she is? Parker returned to the court just seven weeks after giving birth to her daughter Lailaa. Also - we challenge you to make it through this letter Parker wrote for her daughter without getting a bit of dust in your eye.

Christie Rampone

 

Current captain of the United States soccer team, Rampone plays with Sky Blue FC in the National Women's Soccer League. Rampone has two daughters, Rylie and Reece, and is affectionately known as ‘America’s Favourite Sports Mom’. Not only is Rampone a mother, but she’s still playing at age 40, and plans on leading Team USA at the Rio Olympics.