A proud moment for Mackenzie Arnold and her family came as she debuted in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup after two prior World Cup call-ups without ground deploy.
Certainly, her soccer career prominence wouldn’t have been possible without her supportive parents: Steven & Leah Arnold and her older brother Sam. They often travel to meet and cheer the West Ham United goalie from Australia.
Her brother Sam not only inspired her to play soccer but also found her a specialist in London after she had difficulty in hearing.
Mackenzie, who is openly lesbian & in a relationship with Kirsty Smith, began playing soccer at 16. But it was until she was knocked off the Young Matildas camp at 17 due to lack of sincerity that she became serious about the sports.
Now, Arnold is an aspiring goalkeeper in women’s soccer. She plays for the West Ham United (2020- now) of the Super League club and the Australia national soccer team, aka “the Matildas.”
In the 2023 Cup of Nations, she represented the eventual winner Australia as a replacement for injured goalkeepers Lydia Williams and Teagan Micah. It earned her the Player of the Tournament accolade.
Mackenzie Arnold Family: Who Are Her Parents?
Born on February 25, 1994, Mackenzie is the youngest of two kids of her parents: Steven Arnold & Leah Arnold. She grew up in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, with her older brother Sam Arnold.
Nothing much on her dad & mom is out, except their birthdays. Mackenzie wished a birthday post on her Instagram post for her father, Steven, on December 31, while her mother’s birthday falls on January 18.
According to her mom Leah’s Facebook profile, she is from Wollongong, New South Wales, and studied at Smith’s Hill High School. And now, she resides in Gold Coast, Queensland.
Since Mackenzie Arnold plays for West Ham United and lives in England, her family often pays her a visit which she shares on Instagram.
Does Mackenzie Have A Sister?
No, she doesn’t have any sister but an older brother named Sam Arnold.
Arnold’s Brother Sam Is Married: Father Of Two Kids
The Australian soccer player’s older brother Sam Arnold lives with his wife and daughters in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Mackenzie is the aunt of two nieces: Peyton and Sage, from her brother’s relationship with his wife Amy Hutton Arnold.
Sam and Amy reportedly met in Brisbane and began dating in August 2010. After seven years of relationship, the couple married on March 25, 2017.
In March 2022, on the occasion of their 5th wedding anniversary, Amy shared a throwback picture of their wedding.
They welcomed their first daughter Peyton Eve Arnold on August 14, 2020.
By November 2021, Sam’s spouse took to Instagram & announced that she was 37 weeks pregnant with their second child. The couple welcomed their second daughter Sage on December 2, 2021.
Mackenzie Arnold’s Sister-In-Law Amy Works For WestRex
While the current update on Mackenzie’s brother’s profession is not out, her sister-in-law (Sam’s wife) Amy works as an administrative team lead at WestRex (February 2023- now).
According to her LinkedIn profile, Amy Arnold (nee’ Hutton) previously worked at Cutting Edge as an accounts and HR from April 2019 to February 2023. Other work histories of hers include:
- Media Marketing Group Tas (Nov. 2014- Dec. 2018)– as office manager and support to MD
- Commonwealth Bank (2013-14)- as a customer service representative
- The Lionleigh Rockhampton & Irish Murphy’s Hobart (2012-15)– as duty manager
- Ethos Orthodontics (2009-12)- as an orthodontics assistant
Moreover, her LinkedIn states that she obtained her Certificate IV in Business Administration and Management from NDA Tasmania in 2018.
Mackenzie And Her Brother Sam Both Use Hearing Aids
Mackenzie Arnold and her brother Sam have hearing issues and use hearing aids.
After the Australian women’s soccer star felt difficulty hearing people talk as they were wearing masks during the COVID-19 lockdown, she realized the seriousness of her hearing health.
Her brother, who’s been wearing hearing aids since he was a toddler, suggested seeing a specialist.
After two years of lockdown, Mackenzie attended a hearing checkup in April 2023, which she shared via an Instagram video. The specialist suggested that she wear hearing aids.