How to be a lawyer and play in the W-League

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Being a professional footballer isn’t an easy job. Being a full-time lawyer also isn’t an easy job, but imagine if you did both at once. That’s Nikola Orgill’s reality.

The defender balances her time between the pitch and the courtroom. Not only does she manage it, but she also does it well.

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In the 2018/19 W-League season she played 11 of Canberra’s 12 games, only missing one due to injury.

Orgill was the third player to sign with Canberra United for the upcoming season, saying that it was an easy decision for her to make.

“It was an easy decision. I obviously loved my season last year and I’ve been living here in the offseason and working with the same staff,” she said.

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“I studied here as well, so in total, I think I’ve lived in Canberra for five years. I love it here. I’m settled and I’m going to be really proud to put on that jersey and play for Canberra.”

Orgill’s ability to balance being a lawyer and a professional athlete drew praise from coach Heather Garriock, saying that she is an inspiration to young players.

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“This highlights that it’s possible to be an elite athlete as well as have a career, so she’s a great role model,” Garriock said.

Orgill was named as one of the co-captains to lead Canberra in the 2019/20 W-League season and for her, it’s an honour.

“That was a real honour. I feel really fortunate to be able to take that position. I think we’ve got a great group of girls and some great staff alongside of us, so I’m really excited for it,” she said.

There are many challenges a lawyer faces. The long hours and the stress can take a toll on someone both physically and mentally, but Orgill insists she is not concerned about trying to balance the two.

“I’m not really that concerned about it. Obviously, I’ve got a supportive workplace and the staff here have been supportive and Heather understands,” she said.

“I’m confident we can manage it.”

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Orgill believes there will be a lot for fans to be excited about this season as she said the side had built on the last.

“I think it’s something we can work on. I think the girls have the right attitude; we’ve got some good characters this year. I think we will gel well together this season,” she said.

“Obviously we’ve lost some players and we’ve recruited some really exciting players. It will have a bit of a different feel, but the core vibe of the team will be the same.”

Feature Image Credit: James Worsfold/Canberra United

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