We interviewed Jillaroo and NRLW player Ali Brigginshaw:
What's your top tip for packing with kids?
Always let them pack their favourite toy.
What is your favourite place you have travelled?
When travelling with the kids and my partner Kate, I’d choose Kingscliff on the Gold Coast. Then when travelling with football I’d choose, New Zealand.
Where do you want to travel to next and why?
Hawaii. I’d love to see the beaches over there
Summer or winter holiday destination? Aka Bikini or beanie?
Bikini – I definitely prefer summer.
Do you prefer a flop and drop holiday or something a little more adventurous?
Adventure is key with kids. The beach is always fun, swimming and making sandcastles.
What’s your favourite family friendly holiday destination?
Kingscliff, for the beach.
What is your favourite holiday activity? Cycling, surfing, devouring the breakfast buffet?
Haha, the buffet is my favourite!
Do you like to keep active on holiday?
Not really, but it happens anyway running after the kids.
This campaign is about ‘pushing boundaries’ in sport and travel, what was the last roadblock you came up against (in travel or sport) that you had to overcome, and how did you get around it?
I ruptured my ankle ligament two days before the State of Origin this year which was quite stressful. Fortunately we had great medical staff who helped me with around the clock rehab – swimming in the pool, icing at all hours of the night – and I was able to push through. Outside of not listening properly and sitting at the wrong departure gate one time, I haven’t had too many issues with travelling. Hopefully this doesn’t jinx me!
How have you helped other people push boundaries for themselves?
I do a lot of work with young Indigenous girls through my work with the Broncos, which has been a fantastic experience. I don’t come from an Indigenous background, but I think the fact I play footy has broken down any barriers quite quickly. From there I have tapped into my life experiences to help the girls with everyday challenges – I’ve had my own challenges, which I don’t sugarcoat – and I think that has resonated with them. I also do a lot of footy-related coaching and mentoring in Ipswich, which is where I am from. All of my messaging to the kids – boys and girls – is about getting out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself to be the best you can be, no matter what the field. It’s really rewarding and something I will continue doing long I’ve hung up the boots.