Getting to know Michelle Heyman


The 2012-13 Westfield W-League season marks Michelle Heyman’s third year at Canberra United.

The 2012-13 Westfield W-League season marks Michelle Heyman’s third year at Canberra United.

During that time, the star forward has experienced a wealth of success. She played an integral role in Canberra’s charge to the 2011-12 Westfield W-League title and capped off an extradinary season by claiming the competition’s coveted golden boot award, scoring 15 goals in 12 appearances.

Heyman recently sat down and opened up about her time at Canberra United and what the future holds for her.

Q. This is your third season at Canberra United. How have you enjoyed your time at the club so far?

A. I-ve absolutely loved every moment of it. I still remember my first training session with the girls and the club is like a family to me now. I love Canberra, I love everything about it and the past three years here has been great for my football and I-ve learnt a lot.

Q. What-s been the highlight so far?

A. The highlight would most definitely be winning the grand final last season. It-s what we dream of and to go through all of last season undefeated makes it just that little bit more amazing.

Q. You won last season-s golden boot award. Was that a pretty special achievement?

A. Golden Boot is just one of those things that I put in my head to try and strive toward each season. It-s there to just push me along to play my best, but I still think all the goals I score are for the team. I don-t feel like I won it for myself, but instead for everyone else.

Q. Can you describe what it-s like pulling on the United jersey and running out in front of a home crowd at McKellar Park?

A. I love the feeling. I always find it pretty hard to fall asleep the night before a home game and I always get to the field extra early because I-m so excited. To be able to run out for the warm up and to have fans already there is special because you don-t often get that at other matches. Giving high fives in the change rooms and running out for kick off always gives me a massive rush of emotion. It-s one of the best feelings.

Q. What else do you hope to achieve at Canberra United?

A. I play to win and I want the best for myself and the team. It would be amazing to win back-to-back grand finals and go another season undefeated. I think we just have to stick to our own style and play the game how we want to. Our first two matches this season weren-t the best, but at training we can tell we are really getting back to our old self, so I-m really looking forward to this season.

Q. What future goals do you have in football?

A. I-d love to go travelling again and learn from international clubs. Apart from that, I always love playing for my country and I-d like to try and cement myself in the starting side and maybe help Australia qualify for the Olympics in 2016.