Female footballer proposed girlfriend


The day before the final between the United States and the Netherlands in Lyon, France, Sarah Walsh has achieved another important victory on a personal field – she popped the question to her partner Toni Knowlson. Walsh described the proposal as an ‘Operation’ which would have never succeeded without the help of so many wonderful people involved in it. Prior to me heading off to France, Toni and I had briefly discussed engagement and we looked at rings. This was the moment I set the wheels in motion,’ she explained. ‘With the help of her jeweler, we had TK believe the rings would take months to make, meanwhile we had them shipped to Lyon.’ Walsh and Knowlson were in France to cheer on the Matildas, Australia’s women’s soccer team. For nearly a decade, Walsh was a Matilda herself. After gaining a platform as an international soccer star, Walsh decided to change priorities and to focus on private life and keeping it private, away from the public eye. But she shared her proposal with public because unfortunately not everybody is ready to treat same-sex relationships as a norm nowadays. Knowlson describes the proposal as shocking but very romantic. ‘When I looked down and saw the loveheart with my name on it and a marriage proposal, I couldn’t believe she’d managed to pull this off in such a romantic location without me knowing,’ she admitted, ‘Then as it all unfolded it was quite overwhelming the amount of effort that she’d gone to. Including organizing some of my friends to come up to Lyon from Provence for a couple of days to celebrate with us. It was incredible.’


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