Pippos, a proud and passionate Crows fan, loves everything about the Matildas.
“I’ll be on the ride with them, hopefully, all the way to the podium!” she said.
The Matildas’ road to success coincides with the recent announcement of the AFL women’s league, due to start in 2017. Pippos sees this as a major shift in attitudes towards women in sport.
In her opinion, the Australian sporting landscape has always had a masculine focus which has led to inequality between women and men’s sport at every level. Women are no less passionate about sport, yet they have faced many challenges to be taken seriously. As a female football writer, Pippos has had to work doubly hard to be respected and valued.
“But things are starting to change, and we have an opportunity and a responsibility to push that change further,” she said.
She acknowledges her own change in focus; where she once reported on a range of football games and subsequent injuries, she is now writing a book on women and sport. Pippos has a strong desire to be part of “changing the culture of sport,” and she hopes her book will be part of this cultural shift.
From the age of eight when she saw her first Aussie Rules game, in which Norwood won the SANFL Grand Final in a heart-stopping, drama-packed game, Pippos has been connected to the drama and magic of football.
“The theatre of it all, and all the rollercoaster lows and highs, all the sickening tension took me to an emotional, sensory place I had never been before,” she said.
This unlikely win by Norwood made the young Pippos believe that “anything is possible in sport!”
Pippos recalls the both the 1997 and 1998 AFL premierships as her best football moments ever. As special as these memories are to her, she is hopeful for more.
Pippos is looking forward to a new and diverse sporting landscape.
“The smile on the faces of the women as they run through the banner to signal the beginning of an exciting new era in Australian sport"
“The smile on the faces of the women as they run through the banner to signal the beginning of an exciting new era in Australian sport — and the Adelaide Crows, of course!”
During the Rio Olympics, Pippos will be urging the Matildas on with excitement and pride for our female athletes, whilst keeping an eye on her beloved Crows.
After all, anything is possible in sport!