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Photos – The Kyah Simon Story

Photos – The Kyah Simon Story

Photos – The Kyah Simon Story

Kyah Pam Simon (born 25 June 1991) is an Australian professional soccer striker who plays for Houston Dash in the NWSL.

Photos – The Kyah Simon Story

In 2011, Simon became the first Indigenous Australian player to score a goal in a FIFA World Cup.

Photos – The Kyah Simon Story

She has played for Sydney FC, Central Coast Mariners, and Western Sydney Wanderers in the Australian W-League and for the Boston Breakers in the American National Women’s Soccer League.

Photos – The Kyah Simon Story

Growing up amongst a family of rugby players in Quakers Hill, New South Wales, near Sydney, Australia, Simon began playing football for the Quakers Hill under-8s and fell in love with the game.

Photos – The Kyah Simon Story

As a youth, she played for the Hills Brumbies before moving across to Penrith Nepean United.

Photos – The Kyah Simon Story

At age fifteen, she broke her leg just on the verge of earning a scholarship with the NSW Institute of Sport, but that did not deter her from pursuing her dream.

Photos – The Kyah Simon Story

She made her national debut for the Australia women’s national soccer team the following year at age 16.

Photos – The Kyah Simon Story

Simon made her debut for the Australia women’s national soccer team in August 2007, at the age of 16, in a match against Hong Kong. She scored her first goal in a win over Brazil in the 2008 Peace Cup.

Photos – The Kyah Simon Story

In 2010, she scored the winning penalty for Australia to win the 2010 Asian Cup.

Photos – The Kyah Simon Story

Simon appeared at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where she scored both of Australia’s goals in a 2–1 win over Norway to ensure qualification for the quarter finals.

Photos – The Kyah Simon Story

She was the first male or female Indigenous Australian player to score a goal in a World Cup tournament.

Photos – The Kyah Simon Story

Image Courtesy –  Kyah Simon (Instagram)

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