About our Contributors

Ben Gilby – Founder & Editor:

The draw of women’s football for me is its skill, fair play and the fantastic connection and accessibility between players and supporters.

Having spent a lot of time in Australia, I was introduced quite a few years ago to the superstar that is East Fremantle’s very own Sam Kerr, whose family home is around 20 minutes away from where the Aussie branch of my family live. Following her career develop since she was a teenager has been incredibly exciting and I’m a massive fan of The Matildas and the women’s domestic game Down Under. I am proud to have World Cup 2019 ‘Matildas’ home and away shirts with ‘Kerr 20’ on the back which Sam signed for me after her Chelsea debut. As well as The Matildas I support Perth Glory in the W-League and I have huge respect for the work of Canberra United as a stand alone club in that competition. Their glorious lime green kit is also a winner…

Having devised a media campaign with Norwich City Women FC that tied in with the 2019 Women’s World Cup to develop the awareness of their club within Norfolk which promoted the club and shone a light on so many fantastic people with incredible stories of resilience, determination and overcoming the odds that needed to be shared and celebrated, I was drawn towards helping to promote the women’s game more widely. This was the prime motivation to developing Impetus. Additionally, I provide content for the premier Australian women’s football platform, Beyond 90. I am their UK based FA Women’s Super League writer and I am additionally part of their writing teams for the women’s game in Western Australia and South Australia. A member of the Women’s Sports Alliance, I was the winner of their Inaugural (Media) Contributor Award in April 2021.

Ciarán Duffy – Contributor

Ciarán Duffy is rarely not thinking about, talking about, or writing about football. One of his earliest memories in football is Ireland at the 2002 World Cup. He created Post to Post Sport some years ago to grow his love of covering sport. He produces a podcast each week on the League of Ireland and the FAI Women’s National League, with the aim of bringing more attention to the domestic game in Ireland. A supporter of Bray Wanderers and Charlton Athletic, he is clearly a glory hunter. You can follow @PostToPostSport on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and visit http://PostToPost.Sport.Blog for written content. A resoundingly deep voice, you will also occasionally hear Ciarán on different podcasts and radio stations. Ciarán will occasionally direct you to Ron or Ronny, but we are pretty sure they are all the same person. As well as football, Ciarán is also passionate about mental health awareness and reducing stigma around mental illness and autism. You can visit his other site where he writes on mental health, autism, and societal issues on http://AnOldSchizophrenicSoul.com

Kris Goman – Contributor:

Kris is a Sydney-sider who became obsessed with women’s football during the Women’s World Cup. She takes up the story: “I’d had a passing interest prior, watching the occasional W-League on a Saturday afternoon on the telly and did get to witness Norway beat Germany in the semis of the 2000 Olympics but the 2019 World Cup kicked off a passion that turned me into an avid fan. Late 2019 saw me travelling to the USA to watch the USWNT play Portugal and catch a few NWSL games. Since then I’ve attended all the W-League matches in Sydney and a couple in Canberra and Newcastle as well as all the Olympic qualification matches. I’ve always had an interest in photography (travel and tennis mostly) and started taking my camera to matches to document the games and capture the action. I joined a world wide writing team to cover the 2020 Challenge Cup and I’m looking forward to contributing to the coverage of the W-League and New South Wales NPL for Impetus. I’ve got many favourite teams, the Matildas being top of the tree, but tend to have favourite players more than teams, which can make it tricky at times to figure out who to support. But I just love watching all women’s football and follow the W-League, the WSL and the NWSL closely which requires many late nights.”

Tom McCarthy – Contributor:

Tom is a part-time photographer and massive Perth Glory fan. He takes photos from their home games and supplies the official @PerthGloryFC social media accounts with match action. We are thrilled that he has agreed to provide us with pictures from W-League games played in Western Australia.

Jean-Pierre Thiesset – Contributor:

I was born in France where I have spent most of my life except for seven years in USA (1993 to 1999 in Pennsylvania, 2002 Atlanta). I played football when I was young and then went on the coaching side for young men (U7 to U15) in different amateur clubs.

When I retired at the end of 2017, I started to follow more closely women’s football and I loved it so much that I cannot quit it now! What I like in Women’s football is the fair play and the skills of the players. It is incredible to watch them play. Furthermore, the players are so easy to approach and so available and kind with the fans.

I support Olympique Lyonnais – OL – and France teams (both Men and Women) and I am a member of OL ANG’ELLES the Women OL fans club and of the Rouge & Bleu OL fans club. I support also all women who play football when they do not play against my teams.

Abi Ticehurst – Contributor:

I don’t come from a long line of dedicated football fanatics so I guess that makes me far from your traditional fan. I followed Reading men from my mid-teens and tagged along to games with pals on the odd occasion. That was until the WSL season of 2018 sparked my keen interest and before I knew it I was catapulted into the world of women’s football when I decided to lace up a pair of boots and join my local team. The distinguished talent on show at the 2019 France World Cup truly cemented my affections for women’s football and as they say, the rest is history.
I now live and breathe the beautiful game, playing Sunday League football, avidly supporting Reading Women, managing a dedicated women’s football Twitter account and writing regular content about the grassroots game in Berkshire.

Paige Walder – Graphic Design & Artwork:

I’m a 27 year old graphics designer from Brighton and I am currently working on a season long partnership with Chelsea and England star Fran Kirby. I create logos, promotion work and sports graphics. Having played football myself since I was 12 years-old, it has always been a deep passion of mine. Four years ago, I met my girlfriend who plays professional football around the world. This is what made me realise that the women’s game needs more creative marketing and that’s where I came onto the graphics design scene!

Daisy Wildsmith – Contributor:

Daisy is a West Midlands based women’s football fan and primary school teacher.

Connor Wroe – Contributor:

Connor follows “all things sport, men and women!”

Kieran Yap – Contributor:

I’ve been a football fanatic since being obsessed by Roberto Baggio and Ronaldo as a child in the 90’s. At the 2000 Olympics I was lucky enough to watch the legendary Mia Hamm play live. Since then I’ve seen some players of similar calibre play in Australia with W-League sides. I’m a lucky husband and doting cat-dad who dreams of writing a movie about the life of Hayley Raso or a biography of Lisa De Vanna.

@DandalBs:

Daniel is based in Lund, Sweden and runs a social media account which provides regular news, reviews and transfer speculation from Swedish women’s football. He joins the Impetus team to keep us up to date with all the goings on in the Damallsvenskan, Elitettan and Swedish international football.

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