"Playing football takes me to a different place. Moana Hope Moana Hope was one of fourteen children who shared one bedroom. No fan of dolls or dresses, footy was always her passion, and she would spend hours each day playing kick-to-kick with her dad and ten brothers at the local park. When her dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer, ten-year-old Moana left school to become his full-time carer until his death four years later. Footy and cricket provided an escape from the demands of domestic life, and she made numerous state and national teams for both sports. She also began to explore her Maori heritage, getting tattoos that represented the dearest people in her life. But as women's football became more popular, being good at the game wasn't enough Mo refused to grow her hair or cover her tatts, and walked away. A few years later, inspired by a women's exhibition game, Moana realised what she was missing and returned to the game she loved. As a powerful full-forward who can thrill crowds by taking big marks and kicking spectacular goals, Moana was signed by Collingwood as one of its two marquee players for the inaugural AFL Women's competition in 2017. A high-flying athlete who is grounded by remarkable selflessness, Moana Hope is an inspiration for women and girls everywhere. My Way is her story."
Publication Date: 03-Apr-2017
Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing