Wild line shows how far Australia has come

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A heartwarming display of support was seen at a Sydney shopping centre this morning, highlighting how far women’s sport has come in Australia.

Fans queued for hours outside a Big W store at Westfield Eastgardens in Sydney’s southeast to meet Matildas goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold and have him sign books.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper, known for her remarkable saves on the pitch, announced in March that she would publish five books this year, including a children’s book series and an autobiography.

The popular children’s book series is about their childhood and accompanies them on funny football adventures.

Fans were seen lying on the floor of Big W and many had brought their own chairs to wait to see the famous football player.

After she announced the release date of the children’s book via her social media channels, her fans also eagerly took the opportunity to pre-order copies.

“I’m not a kid but I’ll buy it,” one person commented.

“I would 100 percent read it and I’m a 37-year-old woman,” said another.

“Are these just for kids? I’m asking for a friend,” wrote a third person.

Former Matildas coach Ante Milicic had previously stated that he believed the Matildas were currently “carrying Australian football”.

“They have changed Australian football, they carry Australian football on their shoulders in some ways and I couldn’t be prouder of the direction they have taken,” he said.

Ratings for women’s sport have soared since Matilda-mania swept the nation, with viewers tuning in in droves to witness the thrilling performances of Australia’s popular women’s soccer team.

From thrilling victories to heart-stopping showdowns, the Matildas’ journey on the field has captivated viewers across the country and cemented their status as sporting icons.

Although the Matildas were eliminated from the 2023 FIFA World Cup by England, more than 43 percent of the Australian population watched the game. Statistics show that 11.15 million Australians watched the 90 minutes of the game.

It was not only the popular goalkeeper who recently made headlines off the pitch.

Matildas sensation Mary Fowler also caused a stir last month when she announced the upcoming release of a “Fowler” Barbie doll following her captivating performance at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Fowler is one of eight other female sports stars whose sporting achievements will be honored with dolls modeled after them.

Her Barbie doll is complete with the iconic black gloves worn by Fowler and the bubble braid.

“The first time I saw myself as a Barbie, it was crazy. I was a little speechless, to be honest. I never thought I would have a Barbie that looked exactly like me,” Fowler said.

“I’m just super grateful and honored to be a part of it.”

Arnold’s first two children’s books, Finders Keepers and Caught in the Act, will be available July 2, 2024.

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