This year’s theme for NAIDOC Week, ‘Heal Country,’ is one of special significance to Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman, Jada Whyman, with her passion for healing Country coming from the way in which Country has healed her.
The Future Matilda has spent her fair share of time sidelined due to injury, in fact, of the last couple of years, Whyman has spent 14 months out of action due to a knee and shoulder injury.
“When I initially did my knee, I was actually coming back from rehabbing it and had just started playing again,” Whyman said.
“I was at the Wanderers at the time, and I had just been brought in for the Matildas for their upcoming game against Chile, here in Sydney.
“Everything looked to be going up, I was getting back on the field, my form was good and then during one of the trial matches I did a pass, my knee gave way and I couldn’t even bend it,” she explained.