Shipard opens up on highs and lows

By Lee Gaskin
Updated May 2 2014 - 9:13pm, first published 7:46pm
Sally Shipard with Ellie Brush during  her Canberra United career. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Sally Shipard with Ellie Brush during her Canberra United career. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Sally Shipard and her partner Lori Lindsey. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Sally Shipard and her partner Lori Lindsey. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

She leaves a legacy as one of Australia's greatest female footballers, but even Sally Shipard admits she's a "pretty complicated soul".

An Olympian at age 16, retired with an eating disorder at 21, a successful comeback to feature in two World Cups and a W-League championship, then retired again - this time for good - at 26.

Shipard relives the rollercoaster ride, telling her story from Washington DC, in the US, where she is on a "six-month sabbatical" supporting her partner and former Canberra United teammate, Lori Lindsey. Lindsey, 34, is playing with the Washington Spirit in the US Women's National Soccer League.

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