Kyah Si­mon

At home with This soc­cer star is kick­ing ca­reer goals, both here and

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Kyah Si­mon is a for­mi­da­ble striker for Sydney FC who in the off-sea­son plays for the Bos­ton Break­ers in the US. When she’s not tear­ing up the pitch, the soc­cer star is based in Western Sydney, not far from where she was raised in Quak­ers Hill.

Kyah switched from rugby league to soc­cer when she was eight, and hasn’t looked back.

Now her time in Sydney is lim­ited to the soc­cer sea­son be­fore head­ing back to Bos­ton.

“I spend seven to eight months in Amer­ica with the Bos­ton Break­ers, and then four or five here,” Kyah says. “But then that time is split be­tween Matil­das com­mit­ments, World Cups and in the past, the Olympics.”

With the Asian Cup com­ing up in 2018, which is the Matil­das’ World Cup qualifying tour­na­ment, Kyah is trav­el­ling a lot, but she is rel­ish­ing her time in Sydney.

“It’s great to be able to catch up with fam­ily,” she says. “Be­ing able to play in front of fam­ily means so much to me.”

In Sydney, she lives with her sis­ter Sarah and nephew Trey in a town­house. She tries to recre­ate a fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment in Bos­ton.

Be­yond her own sport­ing ca­reer, Kyah has also set up a coach­ing clinic for young girls.

“It’s for girls aged eight to 18,” she says. “I teach them a few things on the pitch, but it’s more than that— it’s about cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment where they can leave with a new-found sense of self-be­lief. It’s about giv­ing them the con­fi­dence that is some­times just re­served for the boys.”

The clin­ics fit into her busy sched­ule, but Kyah would not have it any other way.

“I want to play pro­fes­sional foot­ball for as long as I pos­si­bly can.”

Paint­ing

I like the com­bi­na­tion of this paint­ing, the clock and the can­dle. I love the beach and blue and white are my favourite colours. It’s a happy can­vas.

Photo with team­mate Alanna Kennedy

We were on a plane go­ing to a tour and the flight at­ten­dant was go­ing around tak­ing Po­laroids.

Matil­das’ cap

Every­one in the Matil­das gets a cap num­ber and mine is 157. In 2007, I was pre­sented with this cap at my very first se­nior A in­ter­na­tional. It was such a big mo­ment for me.

Abo­rig­i­nal soc­cer ball

I am so proud of my her­itage and this ball also has my sig­na­ture on it. It com­bines my pas­sion for foot­ball and pas­sion for my her­itage.

Tim­ber clock

I love that it’s a rusty, artsy clock and I also love how big it is. It’s like big piece of art hang­ing in the lounge room.

Can­dle

My mum al­ways man­ages to give me a can­dle, whether it’s for my birthday, Christ­mas or what­ever. Mum loves her can­dles and she got me this one, which fresh­ens up the lounge room.

Head­phones­d­phonesHead Eif­fel Tower statue

Af­ter the World Cup in Ger­many in 2011, I went on a great holiday to Paris with my fam­ily. This just re­minds me of the time we went bike rid­ing around the city. These are wire­less and they’re great to go run­ning with. I also put them on when I’m trav­el­ling to a game. My favourite tunes change de­pend­ing on my mood from elec­tric, to house to R & B, or Old School.

Aus­tralian W-League Sydney FC striker Kyah Si­mon

A town­house in Par­ra­matta, with her sis­ter Sarah and nephew Trey, 5

This scratch map was a present, and I have done so much trav­el­ling since I was 15. Ev­ery time I go to a new coun­try I scratch it off and I am so grate­ful to have been able to visit so many dif­fer­ent places. Foot­ball has pro­vided me with these op­por­tu­ni­ties. Trav­el­ling is a real eye-opener, it makes me ap­pre­ci­ate our own coun­try

My home style is mod­ern, fairly fresh with light colours, mixed in with rus­tic items

It’s my favourite place in the world. It’s my most com­fort­able and se­cure place

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