A Ballarat mother of two is gearing up for her first international flight to play American football.
Sarah Stephens is set to represent Australia in Finland as part of the Women’s Outback team
The team will face off against Canada first in the Women’s Football World Championships
Stephens and national gridiron coach Len Lawlor are encouraging more women to get involved in the sport
Sarah Stephens, 32. said she remembered watching gridiron on TV about five years ago and having “minimal interest”.
“I didn’t even know any rules,” she said.
But with persistent encouragement from her former partner – a gridiron player and enthusiast – Stephens decided to take up the sport.
“I thought, ‘what’s the worst that could happen if I give it a go?'” she said.
The Department of Justice worker quickly discovered she was a natural at the fast-paced game and played a season for the…