Sydney Roosters NRLW captain Simaima Taufa knows the difficulties that are involved in juggling home and work life and appreciates what is being done by the Roosters and Steggles during the 2019 Women in League round on Sunday, August 18.
Steggles, a key sponsor of the Roosters in both the NRL and NRLW, brought Simaima and her family together to highlight the importance of quality time with loved ones.
"We're a close family, and I wouldn't be where I am today without their support and guidance. It really lifted my spirits to see us all enjoying a meal together," Taufa Western Sydney-based said.
Recent research findings from Steggles show that over half of Australians (58%) admit to sacrificing family time as lives get busier and working hours lengthen and it is women in particular that people feel are making the greatest sacrifice (77%).
Almost all of the nation (89%) stated that the women in their lives deserve greater recognition, with the majority of those (86%) believing more can be done to celebrate the hard-working women in their lives.
"It was hard to get my break in NRL. Like many women, juggling work, family, community commitments and exercise can be tough. I had to spend a lot of time away and sacrifice important family moments, which is one of the hardest things I've had to do," Taufa said.
"The physicality of the sport as well as enjoying it, along with the clear pathway that was been made for women in the sport.
"I love the mental side of things as well as the physicality and opportunities to develop as a person and a player. And for the future of the women's game to forge an easier pathway for future generations come through."
Steggles will replace its logo on the Sydney Roosters players' jerseys with the names of their Roosters NRLW counterparts at the Women in League round on August 18.
"We're excited to show our support of hard-working Aussie women by replacing our logo with the names of the Roosters NRLW players," said Yash Gandhi, Head of Marketing at Steggles.
"It's a small, but powerful recognition to all women, who work hard to be there for all of the people who rely on them across home, work, community and more."
"I'll be one of many role models To advocate for that balanced work life, especially in the female space," said Taufa.
"The opportunities that Steggles and the Sydney Roosters allowing us to have our names on the jerseys is an amazing thing to see.
"To see all of our hard work continuing to pay off, you know that a younger generation will have something or a team to aspire to play for, and it is something that I'm really excited about.