Former Colac district netballer Lauren Theodore admits that her father Stephen was far from thrilled to hear his only daughter was taking up football.
But Theodore said her dad, a 134-gamer for St Kilda in the VFL, had come around, and would be chuffed to see her lead the Burleigh Bombers to a premiership this season.
Theodore moved to the Gold Coast in 2016 but frequently returns to Colac to work at her podiatry business.
“Dad at first wasn’t too keen on me playing footy, but there was no option for him, I was up here and he was down there,” she said.
“But now I think they look forward to hearing how I go each weekend, and making sure I’m not injured.
“That was the other thing, the boys (brothers Luke and Shane) had retired from footy and all of a sudden I started playing, so Mum and Dad thought they’d finished having to worry about injuries.”
Theodore said she was inspired to pull on the long stops after watching Colac AFLW export and Theodore’s 2015 CDFNL netball Team of the Year teammate Shelley Scott play.
“Probably when I started watching Shelley play got me into it, I used to play netball with Shelley, and when I saw her start playing I thought I might give it a go,” she said.
“I’d moved up here the year before and I just thought it would be a good way to meet people and make friends.”
Theodore, a former Colac Tigers and Irrewarra-Beeac netballer, joined Queensland Women’s Amateur Football Association club Burleigh in 2017.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.