Kyah Simon

Kyah Simon celebrating at Sydney FCKyah Simon was born in Quakers Hill in the outskirts of Sydney on June 25th 1991.

She showed a prowess for all sports as a child and came to football only when a neighbor invited her to come and play. She showed so much talent that at age nine she announced she would play for Australia.

Kyah joined the New South Wales Institute of Sport program and then made rapid progress through the ranks of the Australian U-17 team early in 2007, to the Young Matildas (u-20) before making her only appearance for the senior team in an Olympic qualifier against Hong Kong in August the same year. She was aged just 16.

A year later in 2008 she scored her first goal for the Australian women’s national team, “The Matildas,” in their victory against Brazil in The Peace Cup. This goal made her the first Indigenous woman to score for Australia.

Incredibly she only made her W League debut after she had played for the national team, making 9 appearances for the Central Coast Mariners in 2008/09 before moving to Sydney in 2009.

In May 2010 she showed a coolness that belied her years as she slotted home the final penalty against North Korea in the final of the Asian Cup and hand the trophy to Australia with a 5-4 win on penalties.

At the end of the 2010/11 W League season she picked up the golden boot award for top goal scorer in the W league, with 11 goals in 12 games. She also won The Player of the Year award, the Julie Dolan medal as well as the Young Player of the year award and the Players Player of the year award.

Only one Australian player male or female has ever picked up the Young Player of the year Award in the same year that they have won the overall Player of the Year award and that was a legend of Australian football, Mark Viduka, who won both awards two years running in 1993/94 and 1994/95.