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Reality TV paints a pretty overbearing and competitive picture of 'sports moms'. But Zela guest editor, Ellia Green says that her mum couldn't be further from this stereotype.
By
Sophie Verass

5 Jul 2016 - 2:35 PM  UPDATED 8 Jul 2016 - 12:05 PM

Parents play a fundamental role in sport.

While they’re not usually well-versed in sports science or coaching strategies, they’re often the ones who play taxi driver on early weekend mornings, driving their athletic children to trainings, games and other events.

These gestures and at times, sacrifices, never end for parents of professional athletes. Cheering at grand finals, travelling to matches and fretting in emergency waiting rooms is a week in the life of a number of mums.

Mother’s like Ellia Green’s have not only supported their daughter’s sporting careers by organising their timetable or financing their club, uniform and equipment costs, but have provided unconditional support from the side lines.

“She has watched every race I have competed in, and still stays up until 3.00am to watch the live-stream when my team plays"

“My mum is my rock,” Green told Zela. “She has watched every race I have competed in, and still stays up until 3.00am to watch the live-stream when my team [Rugby Sevens] plays.

“She's both, my motivation and my inspiration.”

Green’s career began by virtue of her mum, who put her in Little Athletics as an after school activity. 10 years later, she was an exceptional sprinter with dreams of one day being a 100 metre and 200 metre Olympic sprinter. It wasn’t until a fortuitous trial, instigated by her cousin, Green was accepted on the Rugby Seven’s team.

Green told Mamamia in a recent interview, “I called my Mum and was like, ‘they want me to play a game and I don’t know what they want me to do!’. And she just said, ‘run and don’t let anybody catch you.’

After years of being dedicated to sprinting the sudden change in her sport, was a surprise for Green's mum.

“In the beginning [Mum] wanted me to focus on my running,” Green told Zela. “However, she also said I should give it a go because opportunities like this don’t come often.

“So now she’s very excited for me, and proud … and of course, I’m always proud of her too.”

“People ask me where I get my personality and my weird sense of humour from … My mum!”

While Green’s mum isn’t ‘sporty’ herself, Green still calls her, "the ying to my yang".

“[Mum] was a journalist and radio presenter once upon a time, so that’s where I get my confidence in the media from – she teaches me the tricks of the trade.

“People ask me where I get my personality and my weird sense of humour from … My mum!”

 

Other athletes who have paid homage to their mums:

 

Cat Campbell, Swimmer

 

Jess Fox, Kayaker

 

Erin Bell, Netballer

 

 

Annette Edmondson, Cyclist

 

Danni Prince, Gymnast

 

Jess Gallagher, Paralympic Cyclist and Skiier


Australian Women's Rugby Sevens back, Ellia Green is a guest editor for a special edition of Zela articles. Ellia has written, commissioned and created content for readers around her passion of sport and her broader interests.

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