A battle fought on two fronts.
So it surprised the Gold Coast captain when her decision to retire at the end of the 2021 AFLW season wasn't accompanied by the feelings of sadness and loss that so many athletes experience at the end of their careers.
The opportunity to pursue her coaching dream beckoned.
It was an important distinction Alicia Eva made early in her coaching journey that helped her move past some of the prejudices she encountered as a woman in a male-dominated field.
There's not much Michelle Cowan hasn't done in football over the course of her decorated career.
Over the past 20 years, Cowan has been a senior coach, an administrator, a talent scout, an assistant coach, a development coach and a mentor in women's and men's football programs.
After years of hard work, Goddard had blazed a trail from leading teams at community level to coaching in the country's elite female competition that other women could follow in the future.
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