SYDNEY, September 12, 2008 – Australian journalist Liz Deep-Jones is a soccer tragic.
The former presenter of SBS TV’s premier nightly sports program, Toyota World Sports, who counts Italian football legend Paolo Maldini and Christian Vieri, the Italian striker with the Aussie background among her friends, loves the game so much that she has just released her first book, an inspiring story about a young girl and her dreams of football stardom.
Both Maldini and Vieri, as well as Australia’s national women’s football team the Matildas have written blurbs for Lucy Zeezou's Goal, a story about a young girl chasing her dreams to be a footballer against her parents' wishes. The Matildas have written about their struggles and hardships while following their football dreams.
“There are 26 million females who play football around the world – one in ten players is female. In fact football is becoming so popular in Australia that it has taken over from netball as the highest participation sport for girls,” Deep Jones says.
"This is evidenced by the establishment of the launch of the W League, an eight-team national women’s league which kicks off next month with the support of the Football Federation of Australia, the Federal Government and corporate sponsor Westfield”.
Deep-Jones has secured many high-profile and memorable interviews during close to 20 years of media coverage in Australia, including the likes of Prince Albert of Monaco, IOC President Jacques Rogge, Lleyton Hewitt, Pat Rafter, Ian Thorpe, Anthony Mundine and former Wallaby captain George Gregan.
Career highlights also include reporting on the 1998 Football World Cup in Paris and breaking stories on female athletes’ fight to have water polo included in the 2000 Olympic Games. Liz also met her idol, Nelson Mandela, while chasing a story about the indigenous community’s threat to protest during the Olympics in Sydney.
In her role as UNICEF Australia Ambassador, Liz has hosted many charity events, donning shin pads and boots in celebrity soccer and cricket matches – facing the likes of former Aussie cricket captains Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh, as well as Glenn McGrath and Graham Arnold.
Lucy Zeezou's Goal is published by Random House.