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Michelle Heyan. Photo credit: Lawrence Atkin

Michelle Heyman: Making a difference to female football

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Summerland Football is highlighting the inspirational women on and off the pitch that continue to make a difference to the game in this country

If you spend any time at a Canberra United or Matildas match, not too far away will be a group of fans desperate to get a selfie with Michelle Heyman. With her infectious smile and trademark quiff, Michelle has always been a fan’s favourite having played the game in right spirit.

At the end of last season, Michelle raked up 100 W-League appearances in Canberra’s home game against Western Sydney Wanderers; a milestone which is a testament to her commitment to the game over the last 8 years.

Not only is she an exceptional talent on the field, but off the pitch Michelle is a passionate advocate and ambassador for LGBTIQ rights. Having been the only openly gay athlete to represent Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Michelle has become an inspiration to so many by encouraging young people to be proud of who they are and being comfortable in their own skin. It’s no surprise then that she won the 2017 LGBTI sports personality of the year award.

"All I want to do is try and be a role model.”

Photo credit: Lawrence Atkin