Wild line shows how far Australia has come

A heartwarming show of support was seen at a Sydney shopping center this morning, proving just how far women’s sport has come in Australia.

Fans queued for hours at the Big W store at Westfield Eastgardens in Sydney’s south-east to meet and sign Matildas goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold’s books.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper, known for her outstanding saves on the pitch, revealed in March that she will publish five books this year, which will include a children’s series and a memoir.

The popular children’s book series follows her as a child and follows her on fun soccer adventures.

Fans could be seen lying on the floor of the Big W, with many bringing their own chairs to wait for the famous footballer.

After she announced the release date of the children’s book on her social media channels, fans eagerly embraced the option to pre-order copies as well.

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

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

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

There are huge lines for Mackenzie Arnold book signings

It comes as former Matilda coach Ante Miličić said he believes Matilda is now “carrying Australian football”.

“They’ve changed Australian football, they’re carrying Australian football on their shoulders in a way and I couldn’t be more proud of the direction they’ve taken,” he said.

Viewership figures for women’s sport soared as Matilda mania swept the country, with audiences flocking to witness electrifying performances from Australia’s popular women’s football team.

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

While the Matildas were eliminated from the match against England during the 2023 FIFA World Cup, more than 43 per cent of the Australian population watched the game, with statistics showing 11.15 million Australians watched the 90 minutes of the game.

It’s not only the very popular goalkeeper who has been making headlines off the pitch lately.

Matildas sensation Mary Fowler also made headlines last month after announcing the imminent release of a ‘Fowler’ Barbie doll, following her mesmerizing performance at the 2023 Women’s World Cup

Fowler is among eight other sports celebrities who will have dolls modeled after them in honor of their sporting achievements.

Her Barbie comes complete with Fowler’s iconic black gloves and bubble bodice.

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

“I’m very 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 from July 2, 2024.

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