Our inaugural Ambassador is the first Indigenous person to score a goal for the Matildas, Kyah Simon, who made her debut with the national team in 2007 soon after her 16th birthday.
From Sydney's north western suburbs, Kyah first represented Australia at schoolgirl level and played over 20 games for the national Under-16 and Under-19 teams, mostly in tournaments in eastern Asia. Still aged just 17, she made three appearances for the senior team at the 2008 Asian Cup in Vietnam, and three weeks later scored in a 1-0 win over Brazil at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea.
Kyah has represented Australia on 102 occasions across all age groups (87 appearances for the Matildas) and scored some of the Matildas’ most important goals, including the final penalty shoot-out goal in the 2010 Asian Cup final to give Australia its first senior Asian Cup title. She has taken part in the Women’s World Cup (2011, 2015), the Rio Olympics (2016) and the Asian Cup (2010, 2018).
In the W-League Kyah has played with Central Coast Mariners, Sydney FC and Melbourne City and she also had significant time in the United States with Boston Breakers and Houston Dash.
Kyah’s list of honours include player of the year, young player of the year and top goalscorer.