橄欖球聯盟世界盃。澳大利亞的薩姆-布萊姆納在懷孕後回歸

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橄欖球聯盟世界盃。澳大利亞的薩姆-布萊姆納在懷孕後回歸

澳大利亞隊副隊長薩姆-布雷姆納說,她感到自己必須在運動生涯和做母親之間做出決定,這讓她感到 "很困惑"。

澳大利亞媒體中出現了關於退休的討論。自2016年以來,布雷姆納沒有為澳大利亞隊效力。她在2017年世界盃前夕受傷後錯過了比賽。隨着第一個孩子的出生,她錯過了2019年的賽季。現在,她將在三年內第二次缺席完整的聯賽。

但對球員本人來說,2022年回歸橄欖球聯賽是 "最幸福 "的選擇。周六,這位兩個孩子的母親將在老特拉福德球場帶領澳大利亞隊參加世界盃決賽。

"她告訴BBC Radio 5 Live橄欖球聯盟世界盃播客,"我對我感到必須做出選擇的事實感到困惑。

"我決定我想有一個家庭,但我也愛我的事業。女子橄欖球聯賽正在起飛,這兩件事都讓我非常高興。

"我想我要這樣做,這樣其他婦女就不必有這種感覺。她們不必在兩件事中做出選擇,而這兩件事在她們生命的那個階段對她們的幸福是如此重要。

我必須重新樹立起我的自信心

在她的第二個孩子出生後,Bremner於8月回到了NRLW--加入悉尼公雞隊。

她立即產生了影響,幫助公雞隊在常規賽中取得了不敗的戰績--儘管他們錯過了總決賽。她只錯過了9分鐘的比賽,並被評為年度最佳後衛Dally M。

她承認,"重新樹立自信心 "是她復出的關鍵,儘管她覺得作為一個母親 "更難 "做到這一點。

"她說:"我曾目睹過與我處於同一後衛位置的人在這樣一個精英水平上的表現,我感到真的受到了挑戰。

"你正在處理睡眠不足的問題,這對你的健康有巨大影響。對很多人來說,當他們獲得良好的睡眠和食物,並有時間為自己服務時,擁有自信心是一種挑戰。

"當你沒有,而且還在努力與你的家人保持健康的關係時,試圖將這種自信裝回你自己,這就更難了。

"我想出了一些工具,真正專注於一次一個步驟。對我來說,就是要從床上爬起來,梳理我的頭髮,把它拉直。

"有時這是我唯一的目標,因為這將使我在一天中對自己感覺良好。作為一個母親,這通常是我的最後一個優先事項,我擔心的是做盒飯和送孩子去學校。

今年10月初,Bremner被提名為參加11月世界盃的Jillaroos隊的一員,與Kezie Apps和Ali Brigginshaw共同擔任隊員。

在吉拉羅爾隊的首場小組賽中,這位30歲的球員在與庫克群島隊的比賽中獲得了四次得分,同時跑出了全場最高的175米。

現在,布倫納有機會取得更多的世界盃成功,她曾在2013年參加過吉拉羅爾隊的首次勝利,並在2017年作為球隊成員留下來,因為小腿受傷使她無法參加澳大利亞勝利的主場比賽。

她說。"我以前很喜歡別人說我不能做什麼。在我的第二個孩子之後,這是我真正糾結的事情。

"如果有人曾被告知他們不能做某事,我希望他們能從我的故事中找到一些靈感。


Australia co-captain Sam Bremner says she was "baffled" at feeling she had to decide between a sporting career and motherhood.

There was talk among the Australian press of retirement. Bremner had not played for Australia since 2016. She missed the 2017 World Cup after picking up an injury on the eve of the tournament. She had missed the 2019 season with the birth of her first child. She was now set to absent for a full league campaign for the second time in three years.

But for the player herself, a return to rugby league in 2022 was the "happiest" option. On Saturday, the mother of two will lead out Australia at Old Trafford in the World Cup final.

"I was baffled by the fact I felt like I had to make a choice," she told the the BBC Radio 5 Live Rugby League World Cup podcast.

"I decided I wanted to have a family but I also loved my career. Women's rugby league was taking off and both things made me so happy.

"I thought I'm going to do this so other women don't have to feel this way. They don't have to pick between two things that are so central for their happiness at that stage of their lives."

'I had to reinstall my self-belief'

Following the birth of her second child, Bremner returned to the NRLW in August - having joined Sydney Roosters.

She made an immediate impact, helping the Roosters to an undefeated run in the regular season - although they missed out on the Grand Final. She missed only nine minutes of action as she was named the Dally M full-back of the year.

She admitted "reinstalling self-belief" was critical to her comeback, although she felt it was "even harder" to do as a mother.

"I had watched people in the same full-back position as me performing at such an elite level, I felt really challenged by that," she said.

"You're dealing with a lack of sleep which has a massive impact on your well-being. Having self-confidence is challenging for a lot of people when they are getting good sleep and food and have time for themselves.

"It's even harder to try to install that back into yourself when you don't and are still trying to have a healthy relationship with your family.

"I came up with some tools to really focus on one step at a time. For me it was to get out of bed and brush my hair and straighten it.

"Sometimes that was my only goal as it would make me feel good about myself for the day. As a mum, it was usually the last of my priorities, I was worried about making pack lunches and getting the kids to school."

In early October this year Bremner was named as part of the Jillaroos squad for November's World Cup, co-captaining alongside Kezie Apps and Ali Brigginshaw.

In the Jillaroos' opening group game, the 30-year-old scored four tries against the Cook Islands while running for a game-high of 175 metres.

Now Bremner has a chance of more World Cup success, having been part of the Jillaroos' first triumph in 2013, and staying on as a squad member in 2017 after a calf injury prevented her from playing in Australia's victorious home tournament.

She said: "I used to love it when people said I couldn't do something. After my second child, it was something I really struggled with.

"If somebody has ever been told they can't do something, I hope they can find some inspiration in my story."

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