Followers of Glory’s Westfield W-League team are well used to seeing Tash Rigby doing the hard yards as a regular member of Bobby Despotovski’s back four.
But the 26-year-old is set for an altogether tougher physical challenge next month when she takes on her first marathon as part of the Chevron City to Surf event.
And it’s all for a very good cause.
“I am choosing to run this marathon in celebration of NAIDOC Week and to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation,” she explained.
“This foundation holds such a special place in my heart.
“The aim of the foundation is to close the literacy gap in remote indigenous communities by providing resources such as books and programs to those in need.
“My Dad was a children’s book author and so the power of words had a profound affect on me as a child and still does to this day.
“I believe it is not only essential in learning, growing and daily life, but it promotes imagination, storytelling and allows us to create and articulate a world of our own.
“It also allows us to tell our story. It is incredibly important that we provide these remote Indigenous communities with the tools to not only survive, but to revel in the joy of reading and write their own stories to pass down through the generations.”
On behalf of everyone at Perth Glory, we’d urge you to get on board and support Tash’s bid to raise money for a great cause and if you see her going by on Sunday 11 August, make sure you give her some encouragement!