Do you have any learnings from the 2016 Olympic campaign you’re taking into this one?
As a group we have been focusing on winning the key moments in games. I think at the Rio 2016 Olympics there were key moments in games that went against us and that sort of let us down a little bit. As a group, if we can turn those key moments into our favour then we will be able to go a lot further and making sure we have a full 90 minute performance.
Who are some female leaders in your life and how have you benefited from their guidance?
Probably the first leader that I worked under was Kate McShea [former Matildas defender] at Brisbane Roar and Queensland Academy of Sport. She was someone I looked up to early in my career. Just the way that she held herself and prepared herself and performed in games.
I admired the impact that she had on the players around her and it’s something that early on that I learned from. The way she led, I sort of took that into my leadership style and hopefully I have been as effective as she was in my early days.
As a Matildas Veteran is there any particular wisdom or style of leadership you try to impart on newer players?
My style is very much action based and I like to lead by example and lead through my actions. In saying that the communication side is something that I have had to really work on throughout my entire career and something that I am still looking to develop. To just have that different style of leadership available as well.
However, I still usually like to lead with my actions and hopefully have a positive influence on the players around me by the way I handle myself and the way I go about my games.
What would it mean to have the FIFA Women’s World Cup played in Australia in 2023?
It would be massive – not only for women’s football but for football and sport in general in Australia.
To have a tournament of such prestige in Australia would be incredible and just give an opportunity to inspire the next generation of footballers – whether male or female coming through the ranks. It would give an chance for everyone to experience what it’s like to have a big sporting event on home soil.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
It is an opportunity for us to reflect on strong and influential women in our community. It is a good day to reflect on ourselves as women, and what we have achieved and where we want to get to. Just embrace everything that it to be a woman in Australia today.