• Griggs is one of several athletes to have influential post-sport careers (Channel 7)Source: Channel 7
The transition from playing to life after sport can be a difficult one but these former athletes have handled it smoothly
Ann Odong

15 Jul 2016 - 7:30 AM  UPDATED 15 Jul 2016 - 7:30 AM

1. Moya Dodd (football)

A former Matilda, Dodd was a part of the national team for over a decade, including as the vice captain.  Upon retiring, the Australian turned from making key decisions on the pitch to helping make key decisions in the boardroom.  Dodd is a board member of Football Federation Australia, Vice President of the Asian Football Confederation and Executive Committee member of FIFA.  

It is during her time in FIFA that Dodd has made a significant impact for women's football with her role on the Women's Football Committee, driving for women in football to play a greater part in FIFA and for women's football to be one of FIFA's key objectives.  

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2.  Giaan Rooney (swimming)

During her swimming career Rooney claimed a host of medals including 2 silver medals at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and gold with 4×100-metre medley relay at the Athens 2004 Olympics.  Rooney was also a 200 m freestyle world champion, a 50m backstroke Commonwealth silver medalist and 100m backstroke Commonwealth bronze medalist. 

Since retiring Rooney has carved out a career as a noted speaker and a television host with Channel 7 including on the Road to Rio with fellow former swimmer Johanna Griggs.


3. Lauren Jackson (basketball)

The recently retired Jackson needs no introductions as one of the greatest of the game and Australia's most decorated basketballer.  While her post-basketball career has only just started, Jackson has already stepped right into administration.  

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4.  Kitty Chiller (modern pentathlon)

Chiller competed for Australia in the Sydney 2000 Olympics in the modern pentathlon which comprises of pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, horse riding and running.  Upon retirement Chiller went into administration working on a variety of events including the 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2006 Asian Games and as Deputy Chef de Mission for the Australian Olympic Team at the London 2012 Olympics. In 2016 Chiller has assumed the role as the head of the Australian Olympic team.

5.  Johanna Griggs (swimming)

In her swimming days Griggs claimed bronze in the 100 m backstroke at the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games.  However since retiring, Griggs has made a big name for herself in television as one of the faces of the Australian summer with her anchoring of the Australian Open tennis and also as a host of the Channel 7 Olympics coverage.  

6.  Kate Gill (football)

In 11 years with the Australian women's national team, Gill amassed more goals than any other player netting 41 times for the Matildas in 86 matches.  Gill was also the first Australian to be named the AFC Player of the Year when she was rewarded for assisting Australia to the 2010 AFC Women's Asian Cup title.  

While she hasn't officially retired from football, Gill has been inactive on the pitch for the past 18 months and more active in the boardroom.  The psychology and business graduate is pushing for greater player welfare through her role as the Player Relations Executive at Professional Footballers Australia and was recently appointed to the board of FIFPro Asia.  

7. Alison Annan (hockey)

When it comes to hockey, there are few that are as revered as former Hockeyroo Alyson Annan.  In the 90s Annan was regarded as the best female player in the world and used that status to lead the Hockeyroos to back-to-back gold in the Atlanta 1996 Olympics and the Sydney 2000 Olympics.  

Like so many others on this list, Annan moved into coaching taking on the role as an Amsterdam men's team coach before she received the tap on the should to lead one of the Hockeyroo's fiercest rivals, the Netherlands.  Annan is once again on the hunt for a gold medal but this time for the number one ranked Dutch as they look for a third straight Olympic Gold medal.   

8. Michelle Timms (basketball)

As a basketballer Timms was one of the best in the world and, with her recent nomination for the international basketball Hall of Fame, one of the best female players of all time.  With 284 matches for the Opals, 5 WNBL Championships, an WNBA finals run and 3 Olympics Games appearance, she has a record that is almost unmatched in Australian basketball.  Timms has looked to utilise all her knowledge in post-retirement and is headed to a 4th Olympic Games, this time with China.   

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9. Mo’onia Gerrard (netball)

As defender for the Australian Diamonds, the tough and uncompromising Gerrard played 68 times for Australia helping them to 2 World Cup victories (2007 and 2011) and 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medal.  

Since retiring in 2013, Gerrard as taken her wealth of knowledge into the coaching sphere including with Netball Australia's Centre of Excellence, working with the Australian U19 and U21 teams and with the NSW Swifts.   

Now Gerrard is set to take the lead role as the coach of the Severn Stars, franchise in the English Superleague.  

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