The 2020 National Premier Leagues NSW Women’s season was supposed to be a huge one for Sydney Olympic’s rising young star Angelique Hristodoulou but no one would have imagined that a world-wide virus would put a stop to many things, including our beautiful game.
Not just a good footballer, but an astute University student who has since had to make some adjustments since COVID-19 shed its ugly presence on the world.
“The spread of COVID – 19 has affected me personally as the University I attend has been shut down and my studies have now moved online.
“I have to study at home and be present in lectures and tutorials via my computer.
“The NPL as you know has also been temporarily postponed which means I am unable to train and play the sport I love which has been very hard to deal with.”
Hristodoulou is lucky that both football and University has kept the Olympic youngster sane during self-isolation.
“My Uni work has been keeping me occupied.
“I am very lucky to have my dad (Eric, a former NSL great) who has been taking me up to the local park to train.
“Of course, we have been following safety measures and he has been coaching from a far.
“I have also been going on runs and have created a home gym so I can work-out. “Unfortunately, nothing compares to match fitness, but we have to try our best to keep as fit as possible.”
Football is a powerful sport that connects everyone and anything in its path, something Hristodoulou sorely misses.
“There are a lot of things I miss about football.
“I miss not being able to train with my teammates and miss seeing everyone regularly.
“Most of all I miss the competitiveness of the games on the weekend.”
Asked what her message was to the NPL NSW Football public about the safety measures currently being deployed across the nation the youngster stated.
“We have to listen to the expert advice that has been given to us in order to overcome the virus and hopefully resume playing the game we all love and miss, stay safe everyone.”