Get to know: Olivia Chance

How are you enjoying your time back on this side of the world?
I’m loving it. After four years in England it’s nice to be back in the warm weather, I think that’s my favourite bit. The team, the personalities and the environment – it’s so similar to home so I’ve missed that

Our team seems to be gelling really well, both on and off the field?
It was easy to step in, they’re all lovely girls. It’s nice with a team that you’re able to go out and have coffee with and do other things, it’s a special thing.

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Tell us what was behind the decision to come to the Westfield W-League.
It was a long time that I had been away from this side of the world and with the World Cup that’s going to be down here, I had the opportunity to come over, especially with COVID, it was a great decision to come back home.


I had hoped the bubble with New Zealand would open so that my parents and my sister could come over and watch. That hasn’t worked out, but they’ve been able to watch with the time zones. I think family and just getting back to this environment and enjoying football were the main reasons.

With the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 only two years away, how exciting is it to have a World Cup coming to Australia and New Zealand?
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m just fortunate to be around this environment at this time where it’s fallen in to, hopefully in two years, I’m there.

I’m very excited, I think it’s great for both countries and really help develop football in both of them.

Tell us about the experience of playing at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The year before I had done my ACL. I had actually only played my first game a week before the World Cup so to be given the confidence to start in all three games was massive for me.

It was an unbelievable feeling walking out of the tunnel for the first game against the Netherlands. I’ll never forget it and it’s something I’m really thankful for.

Chance


What’s your first memory of being around football?
My sister is four years older than me so just playing with and probably just annoying her and her mates. I definitely wasn’t probably any good then, but my sister and Mum definitely helped me get in to football. 

Who did you grow up supporting?
My parents are English so I grew supporting Chelsea – Frank Lampard is the player I’d most like to play like.

What’s the highlight of your career so far?
I’m going to be cheeky and select two – walking out for the first time at the World Cup and then scoring my first goal for New Zealand.

If you could choose three people to invite for dinner, who would they be?
I’d invite Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart has to go with him. The other would have to be David Beckham.

Your last $5 – what do you spend it on?
Food. I’d spend it on a nice dessert, get what I can, like a brownie and an ice cream. 

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