Lives in: Gorham
Football isn’t generally considered a woman’s sport. Just don’t tell that to Gorham’s Alicia Paige.
Paige, 31, is the captain of the Maine Rebels, the only full-contact women’s football team in Maine. The Rebels, which have been playing in the Independent Women’s Football League since 2004, are looking for players to help the team as it begins its next eight-game season in April 2012.
Paige, who is in her third season with the Rebels, is no novice when it comes to football. While she didn’t play in either high school or college, she has been a fan of the game her entire life and finally got the chance to strap on the pads when she played with the now-defunct Maine Freeze for three seasons starting in 2006. She is passing on her knowledge of the game as she coaches her two sons in the Gorham football league.
How did you get involved and how long have you been involved with your sport?
The Maine Freeze women’s football team recruited me back in 2006. I played with the team for three seasons. I stopped playing for the Freeze because they folded and there was no longer a team. (After that) I took one season off. The quarterback of my former Freeze team contacted me and she asked me to come play football for the Maine Rebels. When I found out that a lot of my Freeze teammates were playing for the Maine Rebels, I joined the team. This year I was given the opportunity to be one of the team’s captains. I was also selected as an all-star on the Independent Women’s Football League ‘s Eastern Conference team. Next season will be my third with the Maine Rebels. I also coach my two sons, Ayden, 9, and Keagan, 7, with Gorham Football.
What fuels your passion?
I love the game of football. I have been a football fan for as long as I can remember. To be given the opportunity to play football is what fuels me. It is an awesome opportunity.
What female athletes have inspired you?
Any women who have broken barriers in alternative sports. Additionally, all the women that play in the Independent Women’s Football League (are an inspiration to me).
What are your goals?
My goals are to raise my two boys to love sports as much as I do. Being a role model and also coaching for them is important to reach that goal.
What advice do you have for a woman taking up your sport?
Learn as much as you can about the game. This is the greatest game in the world. And have fun doing it.