13. LYDIA WILLIAMS
By Sam Squiers
Lydia Williams is the tough formidable Matildas, Arsenal and Melbourne City goalkeeper. She’s played all over the world, at World Cups and Olympics…but the jetsetting, international life of a professional athlete is a far call from the barefoot young Lydia from the outback who played in the red dirt, had pet kangaroos and a close connection to her indigenous culture. Lydia talks to Sam Squiers about her fascinating upbringing, racism and discrimination, the heartbreaking loss of her father and the massive shift in the women’s game.