The final interviews have now been filmed. I flew to the Gold Coast – thanks to Xstrata Nickel – and met Kyah and Lydia while they were back in camp preparing for the Olympic qualifiers, which start next month.
Not surprisingly the girls were still thinking of what might have been in Germany, and how their own mistakes cost them the chance of making the semi finals for the first time. That is what makes sport such a wonderful part of life, sometimes that one chance comes but once, and whether you grab it or not can determine your future.
It is hoped that the majority of them can harness that disappointment and in four years time use it as inspiration to go one or two steps further. It would also be nice to see them given more support from the governing body, as these girls have the potential to go a long way in World football.
The interviews were filmed with the two girls sitting side by side on a sofa. It was the first time since we started telling their story that we had filmed them together. This was a deliberate ploy on my part, as I wanted to keep that until the end, where they could reflect together and look ahead to the future both on and off the pitch. In other words what their achievements mean to them, to the Aboriginal people and to other women and young people around the country.
We had some wonderful interaction from the two of them and they both made some very strong and poignant points. It is now up to us to package these points as best we can in the final edit to ensure that they have the impact that they should have.
What was rewarding for me was that the two of them are both excited to see what the end product comes out like. We just have to ensure that we do them both justice.
I have to say that I am very sad that we have to stop filming the journey of these two wonderful young women. I have grown to really care very deeply about the two of them, and it has been a privilege to share their goals and for a short time the rollercoaster ride that is professional sport.
There is no doubt in my mind that this is very much the first chapter in the lives of these two incredible people. Let us hope that Australia feels the same way.
As they say in the 1927 song “Side by Side” by Gus Kahn and Harry M Woods,
Don’t know what’s comin’ tomorrow
Maybe it’s trouble and sorrow
But we’ll travel the road
Sharing our load
Side by side.