Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Forget Ballet, Girls Love Their Blood Sports

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Forget Ballet, Girls Love Their Blood Sports

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Byline: Simone cameron

FROM the day we're born, we're taught to be the fairer sex.

We play with dolls, have tea parties and go to ballet lessons.

Sugar and spice and all things nice a that's meant to be us, right?

Not any more, it would seem.

A growing number of women are swapping the hair straighteners and make-up bags for blood, sweat and tears.

The fairer sex has taken a liking to the darker side of life, with rough-and-tumble contact sports enjoying a rise in female participation rates.

Female rugby league player Steph Hancock has a theory on why.

"If guys can do it, why can't we?a she said.

"A lot of girls think, a[approximately]oh no way in the world, I'm not getting hit in the boobs' and all that sort of stuff.

"But when they get out there and have a game it all changes."

Steph said it was interesting to see the different kinds of women her sport attracted.

"On our team (the Sunshine Coast Sirens), there's your typical tough girls and then there's the little princesses who turn out to be angry little ants," she said.

"They rock up with the make-up and skirts and all the rest of it and they put on a jersey and end up being incredible."

Steph, whose father Rohan Hancock played for the first Queensland State of Origin side, said her passion for rugby league began at the tender age of seven.

Since then, she has been a regular inclusion in both the Queensland and Australian women's rugby league representative teams, and counts playing in the World Cup among her achievements.

But not everyone is impressed with Steph's choice of sport.

"Mum's a typical country woman who thinks girls shouldn't play football," she said.

"She doesn't like seeing me with bruises and injuries.

"Dad loves it though. He said some of the best hits he's seen have been at our games."

And then there's Amie Mazzaracca.

Don't be fooled by her pretty smile and girlish charms a the 25-year-old Caloundra boxer packs a mean punch. …

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