#38. KATRINA GORRY – Paving the way for the next generation of young female athletes


#38. KATRINA GORRY – Paving the way for the next generation of young female athletes

Matildas soccer star Katrina Gorry has always known she wanted to start a family but once upon a time starting a family and playing elite sport were completely exclusive of each other. Not today. Katrina talks us through her decision to undergo IVF to start a family, the plan to play in the 2023 FIFA World Cup, and her rise to representing Australia 78 times.

Having played her last game back in January at 11 weeks pregnant, Katrina says scoring a long range goal will be cherished forever, sharing in a special moment with her teammates.

Katrina is paving the way for young girls aspiring to walk in her shoes. A career in women’s sport is possible and so is becoming a mother in the peak of your career.

Enjoy this episode with Matilda’s soccer star Katrina Gorry. Katrina, thank you so much for chatting with me today. Firstly, how are you feeling three weeks out from the due date?

Katrina 4:07
Um, I’m feeling pretty good. It’s been a really really good pregnancy so I’m thankful for that. I’m ready to meet her but also really happy if she just wants to stay in for a little while longer and make me wait. Yeah.

Jackie 4:22
Have you been able to enjoy the process or has it been a whirlwind for you?

Katrina 4:28
No, I’ve really been able to enjoy it which has been really nice. I’ve got to spend a lot of time with my family at home and just really enjoy the process of pregnancy. Obviously the first trimester is not always the funnest, but the second and third have been great. I’m not uncomfortable or anything like that. I can just feel moving around a lot and just ready to meet a beautiful person.

Jackie 4:53
I’d love for you to talk us through that. Wanting to start a family as an athlete and all the challenges that come with that.

Katrina 5:03
Yeah, I guess as an athlete, it is really hard to find the time to either step away from the game completely or just have a break. So I always knew that I wanted to be a mom, I kind of knew when I was a kid, I always, you know, we’ve always had a big family and always had kids around. I begged my sister for a long time to have a job. I could babysit. So I always knew just how much I adored kids. So for me, I wanted to be a young mom. And I have a lot of new nieces and nephews, and I wanted my kids to be able to grow up with them. So I decided that in 2021, with or without a partner, I was going to try and have a baby. And yeah, unfortunately, the Olympics got pushed back a year to throw a spanner in the works there. But yeah, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m really happy with where I’m at, and really excited to take on this little journey.

Jackie 6:05
Was there a moment when, you know, COVID happened and the Olympics did get pushed out that you had any doubts or changes in mind?

Katrina 6:15
I kind of just had the thought of I’ll try IVF once and if it happens, and obviously, I’ll be rolled out for the Olympics. And if it didn’t, then I would try again after so I kind of just left it in the hands of the universe to decide for me. And yeah, I was lucky enough to fall pregnant first.

Jackie 6:37
What was that feeling when you found out?

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