Erica Halloway did not sleep the night before Thursday’s W-League launch, and it wasn’t because of nerves or excitement ahead of the new season. While other players flown in for the event spent the night at nearby hotels in Parramatta, the Western Sydney Wanderers midfielder was working a 24-hour shift as a firefighter in Penrith.
For the past four years, Halloway has balanced the rigours of her job with the increasing demands of a sport transitioning to professionalism. There are long overnight shifts, exhausting both physically and mentally, but the hard-working midfielder says she has no plans to put her career on hold for football anytime soon.
“I just love doing both things. When you love doing something you just manage it,” she said. “Some days I will have a really tough night at work and then I have to come to soccer, but you just do it, you charge on.
“It can get a little bit difficult now the soccer is starting to get a bit more professional. I am just lucky the fire brigade has been great with me being able to manage football and work. The club has been great with it as well. As long as I can keep doing both, I want to keep doing both.”