When the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023ᵀᴹ kicked off on the 20 July, so did Fran Hurndall’s mission to raise $500k by dribbling a football over 1000 kilometres from the Gold Coast to Sydney.
The 31-year-old has set out to run while dribbling a football for 32 kilometres each day over 32 days to reach Sydney in time to be in the stands at the World Cup final match on August 20.
Hurndall grew up surrounded by football and recognises the challenges that females face within the sporting world. Her aim is to give back to the sporting communities and help create opportunities for local females of all ages both on and off the pitch.
“I played football since the age of seven, I know what it’s like to be a female growing up playing sport and the difficulties faced. It’s definitely growing at the moment but there is still a long way to go,” Hurndall said.
“It’s all to raise extra awareness for women in sport.”
“For me, it’s all about putting money back into grassroots and giving females extra opportunities at that level. I want to help people come through the ranks and to support people on and off the field. They don’t have to be playing sport they could be having an opportunity within the sporting industry and support female athletes.”
One of Hurndall’s biggest challenges throughout her journey so far has been dribbling the ball through different terrains.
“The toughest challenge has been dribbling the ball on uneven surfaces. I am used to dribbling the ball on a pitch and on flat grass. The biggest challenge has been dribbling downhill,” Hurndall said.
Hurndall has travelled through many towns in northern NSW including Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Hawks Nest, Nambucca Heads and Port Macquarie. She is passing through the Newcastle area this weekend, reaching Raymond Terrace on Friday afternoon.
Fran is posting daily updates of her journey on social media which you can follow along with.
Find out more about Fran’s journey and donate HERE.
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