Amy Duggan (football)

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Amy Duggan
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Personal information
Full name Amy Elizabeth Duggan née Taylor
Date of birth (1979-06-11) 11 June 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Canberra, Australia

Amy Elizabeth Duggan née Taylor (born 11 June 1979 in Canberra, Australia) is a retired football (soccer) player and media personality in Australia.[1]

Football career[edit]

Duggan was a member of the Australian women's national team, known as "The Matildas", playing as a defender in over twenty international matches. At club level, she played nearly 100 games for the Canberra Eclipse in the now defunct Australian Women's National Soccer League, and played professionally for Hampton Roads Piranhas in the United States W-League.

Duggan became the face of Australian women's football in 2000 when she appeared on the cover of nude calendar featuring current Matilda's players, designed to lift the profile of the women's game and raise funds to support the national team's activities.[citation needed]

She was first selected to the Australian women's national team in 1997, at the age of 17—just six years after she began playing the sport. Known as a tenacious defender and aggressive tackler, Taylor's style of play contributed to a number of injuries which ultimately ended her football career. After two reconstructive surgeries on her ankles following the Matildas' 2004 season, she retired from competitive football.[citation needed]

Media career[edit]

Her appearance on the Matilda's calendar led to appearances in various magazines and print ads as a model. She joined WIN Television in Australia as a presenter on a fishing program called Fishing Australia. She further became the sports presenter for WIN News, becoming one of WIN's most popular personalities.

In 2008, Duggan co-hosted the first series of football-reality television program Football Superstar on pay TV channel FOX8, but did not return for the second series in 2009.[citation needed]

While continuing her role on WIN News, she is also currently a sideline commentator for ABC's telecast of the W-League national women's competition.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women In Sport Luncheon". i98fm. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "ABC1 for W-League’s second season". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 

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