Lydia Williams: ‘People put athletes on pedestals sometimes … but we’re just humans’ | Women’s World Cup 2023


Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams’ sporting heroes hailed from a different football code when she was growing up in a frontier mining town in the Western Australian desert, on the traditional lands of the Wangkatja group of peoples.

“I grew up playing footy when I was in Kalgoorlie, and my idols when I was really young were Peter Matera and Gavin Wanganeen, and all of those guys [from] the [AFL’s] West Coast Eagles,” she says.

It wasn’t until Williams moved to Canberra when she was…



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