Speakers Profile - Michelle Heyman

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Michelle Heyman is an accomplished Australian soccer player and commentator who is deeply committed to sharing her inspiring journey with others. Throughout her career, Heyman has been an invaluable member of the Canberra United team, scoring over 60 goals and leading the team to two W-League Championships in 2012 and 2014. Her impressive talents have earned her prestigious titles, including the Golden Boot winner and Player of the Year - twice each - of the W-League. Heyman is currently the leading goal scoring in the Aleague with 94 goals and 159 games played.

As a vital player on the national level, Heyman has represented Australia as part of the Matildas since 2010, showcasing her outstanding skills in over 60 matches and scoring over 20 goals. Her involvement in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and her significant contribution to the team's silver medal win at the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics is commendable.

Off the field, Heyman is a powerful voice for two important causes, LGBTQI+ rights and mental health awareness. As an openly gay athlete, she has used her platform to promote acceptance and encourage others to be true to themselves. She is an outspoken advocate for reducing the stigma around mental health and has bravely shared her own struggles to inspire others to seek help and support when needed.

Michelle Heyman is a role model who is making an impact both on and off the field.