Clad in the Breakers’ no. 10 shirt, Rosie White is taking on a new role this year as a playmaker after spending much of her career as a forward or wing. But while she hasn’t always been a creative midfielder, she’s long been creative.
The New Zealand international runs a website (rawstoriesbyrosie.com) that features her own art, writing and photography — including a striking collection of black-and-white shots of other women who’ve made soccer their career. One of the site’s goals is to inspire female athletes, but it clearly benefits its creator as well.
“It’s really important for me,” said White, who signed with Boston in November after two seasons at Liverpool LFC. “I need to have balance in my life to be happy, and it’s something that sort of keeps me really relaxed. I’m not really good at sitting still and not being active. When you’re training and you’re tired, it’s just a really good outlet for me to be able to just sit there and relax and draw or write. It sort of keeps me sane. It’s kind of like my little happy place.”
The pitch has been a happier place for the Breakers in 2017. They surpassed last season’s points total of 11 by the first day of July, and harbor hopes of climbing in the standings over the final two months of the season. White has been an important part of the club’s revival, bringing ample amounts of experience and energy to a new position in a new league.