• Jada Whyman

Jada is one of the shooting stars of Australian football, a standout goalkeeper for Sydney FC in Australia’s W-League and a member of the Future Matildas squad.

The 21-year-old spent her formative years in Wagga Wagga in country NSW before moving to Sydney where she has established herself as a player with a massive future in the game.

Proud of her indigenous background, Jada has become a great role model for young women, actively encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

“I am a very proud Aboriginal woman and I hope that what I’m pursuing with my football will help to inspire other young indigenous players to follow their dreams,” says Jada.

Indeed, Jada herself was inspired to chase her sporting dreams by the legendary Australian athlete Cathy Freeman whose famous deeds at the Sydney Olympics drew her to Stadium Australia.

“Obviously I grew up hearing about Cathy Freeman so it was very special to firstly see Stadium Australia and then get the opportunity to play at the Stadium with both the Western Sydney Wanderers and, most recently, Sydney FC.

“It is a privilege to be able to work with the Stadium team as an Ambassador and to give back to the community and inspire other young people at every opportunity.”

Jada was first called up to the Australian under-17 team in 2013 for the 2013 AFC Under-16 Women's Championship, aged just 13.

She made her debut for Australia under-20 at the 2015 AFC U-19 Women's Championship.

Jada was recently awarded a scholarship with the Minerva Network, and she is pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at university.

Apart from her work in the community as an Ambassador for Stadium Australia, Jada has been working as an ambassador for John Moriarty Football, an organisation dedicated to helping young Indigenous players achieve success in the sport, in partnership with the FFA.

She is also a volunteer youth worker for Glebe Youth Service, and an outreach counsellor supporting young Indigenous people in remote Australia for mental health non-profit organisation Headspace.