Her father was Aboriginal and her mother from the United States. She grew up in Kalgoorlie in the Goldfields of Western Australia before moving to Canberra, the country’s capital.
It was here that she came under the watchful eye of goalkeeping coach Paul Jones and joined the Australian Institute of Sport Football Program.
She made her debut for Australia on 28 July 2005 aged just 17, against South Korea in Jeonju, South Korea; unfortunately it was a game in which Australia lost 3-0. More serious sad news was to follow four months later as Lydia’s father passed away, but he was so proud to see his daughter represent the country he loved.
She has represented Australia at the 2006 AFC Women’s Asian Cup and the 2006 FIFA World Under 20 Women’s Championship. She went to the Women’s World Cup in 2007 but was not given any game time.
In 2006 Lydia was named Female Sportsperson of the Year at the Deadly Awards, becoming one of the youngest ever recipients. The Deadlys are the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards, celebrating Indigenous excellence in music, sport, the arts, entertainment and community achievement.
Lydia plays for the W-League team Canberra United and in 2011 was named goalkeeper of the year.