Twelve Questions - Paige Allan
First Year of Footy: 2013 with RSMU.
Current Team: Central Districts Football Club & Salisbury Football Club.
Favourite Playing Position: Wing, I love the versatility of the position; you can really play so many different roles and make it your own.
Playing Number: Awaiting my debut with CDFC for that number…but I wear #30 out at SFC.
What is your favourite way to spend an off-day?
"I would have to say down by the beach with my pup Winston and some friends. I love swimming and pretty much anything that involves water. As long as it’s forecast for 18 degrees or more I will still swim, ideally the day also involves a Mexican feed and some ice cream."
What is your favourite oval to play on and why?
"I would have to say Thebarton Oval, I received a Best on Ground during a grand final on this ground and won the 2018 SAWFL grand final with Salisbury. It has a very good atmosphere, gives off more of a country oval vibe compared to some of the stadiums, which takes me back to the games I would play for my old home club (RSMU). It has also got pretty wide wings to run a muck on."
What was it that motivated you to play footy?
"I have always loved sport and played 8 different sports growing up ranging from athletics, basketball, cricket, football, Gaelic, netball, soccer and swimming. Football always stood out as a favourite for me because I loved the freedom of the game, you can just take the ball and run and take the game on. Footy just brings more joy than any of the other sports I tried, so I guess my love of the game motivated me to play no matter what it took."
How would you describe your own footballing journey?
"In one word I would say resilient. From the very start of my footballing career I had hurdles to jump and boundaries to overcome, the first one was winning over the support of my Mum, without her signature I wouldn’t have been able to play my very first season with RSMU, not to mention all the kilometers she covered to get me to each game and training session after that, driving ten plus hours a week so I was able to play and train in the city."
"Footy throws a lot of curve balls at you, whether it be equality (the variance of support between men’s and women’s), injuries that affect your every day life and even the mental toughness to keep going, anyone who has taken to the field knows how grueling those last quarters can be. You need to be resilient enough to pick yourself up and keep your head held high. There will be knock backs around each corner but it’s the way you tackle those challenges that make you into player and person you are."
What has been your favourite footballing experience and why?
"This one is a tough one, there are so many different memories and experiences to chose from. A stand out footy experience for me would have to be playing for Salisbury against Port Adelaide at Alberton, it’s a bit of a random one actually, it wasn’t a grand final, or a big important game to win or play. I chose this one because this is one of my favourite footballing experiences, rather than memory. I was playing a bit of everywhere this game, wing, half forward, midfield, I just felt like I could play my role anywhere I went, and ended up getting a sneaky three goals too."
"But my favourite part of this experience was that I had my nieces there cheering me on (they come to most of my games and I am so very grateful to have their support). The way they run out onto the field no matter what the result is no matter how I think I have played they’re so happy to see me and give me the biggest hug ever, and the way they look up to me is why I have chosen this as one of my favourite footballing experiences, because by playing footy I can show my nieces that you really can do anything you put your mind to, and no matter how grueling, physically and mentally tough some games may be you’ve always got the support there. I love the support that comes with the football."
Who is your sporting/footy role model and why?
"This question I have always found tough, I have never really looked up to a specific sports person. I’ve had plenty of role models that I look up to within teams Nicole Baker is one I’ve always looked up to out at Salisbury, she has such great composure on field and holds herself very well. Through my younger years at North I looked up to Jess Edwards quite a lot she just radiates dedication and determination in everything she does."
"One coach that I do look up to quite a lot and I still seek for advice to this day is Yves Sibenaler, he has such a different approach when explaining aspects of the game and can always find a different perspective to see things, sometimes a perspective that isn’t obvious to you is just what you need. His footballing career on paper is impressive alone, as well as the hardship and pure resilience he used to push himself even further."
What would you say is your most favourite and least favourite thing about footy?
"My most favourite thing is the memories, physical, mental and emotional challenges, the feeling of a run down the wing or the feeling of scoring a goal, or the feeling you get when the siren sounds and you have won. Singing the song in the change rooms. There are so many things to pick a favourite, and so many reasons to keep putting on those boots to kick around some leather with your mates."
"My least favourite thing, is knowing I’ll have to retire one day and give in to my body and it’s needs eventually…but I look forward to every moment and memory leading up to that day." ️
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