As we are full steam ahead into a fresh footy season with round two nearly behind us. I'm extremely excited to launch my weekly column, Ladies In League where I will be giving you a #nofilter insight and a behind the scenes view into the strength and support that is the backbone of the players; the ladies in league.
When it comes to Rugby League or any male dominated sport for that matter, everyone seems to think about the players, the coaches and the fans. In reality, the most important is viewed from the sidelines and that's the perspective of a player's wife or partner. I want to change society's assumptions of the derogatory term WAG, because there is so much more substance to our lives than being just a wife or girlfriend to a professional athlete. Sure, Victoria Beckham, Cheryl Cole and female celebs alike make it seem to be uber glam, but it's not as glitz and glamour as you think it is.
What you don't know or see are the challenges and the triumphs that these women embrace. Not only are they their partners No.1 fans, and some devoted mothers, but many are ambitiously career driven, business savvy and have dreams and aspirations of their own. It also takes a certain kind of woman to continuously put their partners needs before their own because whether we like it or not their careers come first.
After Brisbane's first home game of the season and new captaincy, I thought it would be a great opportunity to sit down with Margaux Parker wife of Brisbane Broncos captain, Corey Parker.
When and how did you meet?
Corey and I met 13 years ago, outside the front of his house. He lived next door to a girl that I worked with and a little dog ran out on to the road and it just so happened to be his. He came out and we got talking. Six months later we met again and the rest is history.
Who inspires you?
First and foremost my Mum who was a stay at home mother and raised three children which inspired me because she was always there for us. My Dad worked really hard, long hours and away to provide for our family. Corey he works effortlessly and tirelessly in his profession, he’s extremely dedicated and loyal yet remains very humble. My children inspire me to be a better mum as I watch them achieve, grow, learn and develop.
How do you juggle motherhood, marriage and the demands of footy life?
We do date night once a week to have some ‘us’ time away from everything
What’s Corey’s best attribute?
He’s extremely loyal and hardworking,
One thing you can’t live without?
Mascara and a good glass of French champagne or Rosé
If you had to choose another team for Corey to play for other than the Broncos, which team would that be and why?
Catalans Dragons so we could live somewhere incredible in the South of France
Philosophy that you live by?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Control the controllable, don’t worry about what you can’t control
In three words describe your style
Simple, classic, modern
What do you love most about being a mum?
The satisfaction you get watching your kids develop, in simple things that we take for granted like reading and writing. Knowing that you have taught and helped them develop those skills is rewarding. Being a mum can be tiring, exhausting and frustrating all at the same time, to take time out and watch them do the things that you helped create is really satisfying and makes it all worth while.
What’s Corey like as a father?
He’s hands on and very competent, I don’t ever feel like I can’t leave him alone for a night or a weekend. He’s the good cop, the fun one. Goes out and plays with the kids, kicks a footy around. He’s my domesticated goddess.
How do you treat yo’self?
Nails, hair and facials to remain sane and feel relatively normal
Corey has outside of football?
He loves to cook, he gets creative in the kitchen.
Celebrity man crush?
Gabriel Macht (Harvey Specter from Suits)
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t sweat the small stuff
What are your every day essentials?
Sunnies and phone
What’s one thing people don’t know about you or Corey?
Corey had lots of strange pets growing up, a possum called Gizmo, a cow called Daisy, an angry goat and a dingo red cattle dog called Ernie. I am OCD about everything, my house particularly.
Any pre-game day or game day rituals?
We have spaghetti bolognese or lasagne the night before every home game. On game day Corey likes to keeps busy and he will always have a sleep in the afternoon. The kids and I will head out for a few hours so that he can get a good sleep and he always listens to country music on the way to a game.
I love Moreton Island, Tangalooma Resort. We take our kids there for holidays and it’s so close. Also Italy, I love the food, the culture, the accent and the language.
What brings you the greatest joy?
My family that I created.
What should every woman try at least once in her life?
Spending hours in a day spa alone, being pampered where it’s all about you and no one else.
Spending time with gfs, shopping and eating
What are your passions?
Passionate about child welfare, domestic violence and foster care
What are your regrets, if you have any?
Not waxing my legs earlier in life, waxing my eyebrows too thin at one point, going blonde, spending too much time on social media, not laughing enough every day.
WE DINED - Atalanta Bar and Greek - Portside
WE DEVOURED - Marinated olives, lemon herb salsa haloumi, hummus olives, rosemary lamb, green apple yoghurt greek slaw.
WE DRANK - A glass of rose and a watermelon basil margarita
MARGAUX WORE - Witchery top and skirt, Vince Camuto shoes, Chanel handbag
KAYLA WORE - Zimmermann dress || MUA Janise Chan @jdolls