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Sister act launches range supporting female athletes

NEW RANGE: Paige Parker with Peta Rogerson (right) who has designed a new activewear range called Fettle.
NEW RANGE: Paige Parker with Peta Rogerson (right) who has designed a new activewear range called Fettle. John McCutcheon

THEY'RE the daughters of a Coast councillor and a pair of touch football stars who hope their latest venture will help launch many more sporting careers.

Sisters Peta and Hayley Rogerson have combined to launch their new active wear range 'Fettle'.

Peta said ideally they'd make "some money" out of the venture, but their main aim is nobler than mere finances.

Their first range of Fettle Active Wear, the summer 2016 range, features six garments, a hat, leggings, shirt, shorts, bike pants and a singlet.

A portion of sales from each of the garments will go to six developing female athletes sponsored by the Rogerson sisters' company.

Peta said the idea of helping female athletes had come from their experiences on the path to elite sport.

"We'd love to make some money out of this... but our main priority is to help up and coming female athletes," Peta said.

The 34-year-old ex-national captain played for Australia at last year's touch football World Cup.

She's hung up the boots for a while as she prepares to have a child, opening the door to start up the new business, but hoped to return to the field again.

"It's been a long process," she said of the four years it took to bring the project to life.

"We're both school teachers. Between full-time work and full-time sport, it's been a long time coming."

Peta said the Coast lifestyle leant itself to an active lifestyle more than most regions and as lifelong Coast residents her and her 32-year-old sister were hoping to provide other active people with plenty of comfortable clothing to keep fit in.

Some of the proceeds of their first range will help six sponsored athletes who compete in surfing, touch football, Australian Rules, netball, rugby sevens and dancing.

"We're looking broadly at different sports," Peta said.

"Being a female in an elite sport, it's pretty tough."

She said it was getting better but female athletes were still limited in what they could earn compared to their male counterparts.

"We're definitely focusing on the fringe sports," Peta said.

The Rogersons' range will be launched officially on October 15.

Peta confirmed her father, Councillor Greg Rogerson, had not been called up to model the garments for the launch.

Topics:  activewear, lifestyle, sport, sunshine coast, touch football


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