Her achievements are extensive. She has won the Westfield W-League Premiership in 2011-12, and represented Australia in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2018 AFC Asian Cup, 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup as well as the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo achieving 4th place, which is the best the Matilda’s have ever done at the Olympics.
But her success has not come easy. In 2018, Hayley suffered a traumatic back injury breaking 3 vertebrae whilst playing for the Portland Thorns. It was not just Hayley’s career in jeopardy, her ability to ever walk again was in question. After 6 months of extensive rehabilitation, Hayley returned to later represent Australia in the 2019 Cup of Nations where she scored a goal for the Matildas. Her football journey continues, and we wish Hayley every success. When Hayley reflects on her life she says… “I have learned to never take what you love for granted, because it can be taken away so quickly.