Newcastle football star Cherly Salisbury is set to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Melbourne on Thursday, October 10. Her induction into the legendary list of sporting heroes will mark the first time a female footballer has been named.
“Cheryl understood the potential of Australian women’s football and made it her mission to transform the sport she loved so that future generations of Matildas could reach their full potential and live their footballing dreams,” FFA chaiman Chris Nikou said.
“It’s through her example on and off the pitch that we have thriving W-League and a world-class national team. Her legacy to the game continues to deliver dividends for Australian women’s football. There is no one in the game more deserving of this recognition.”
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The Novocastrian Matilda made her debut for Australia in 1994, and went on to play 151 games in the green and gold. Her appearance record, which was bolstered by 38 goals in her career, is the highest among both men and women.
Salisbury became a four-time Women’s World Cup representative at the 2007 event, after representing Australia three times before in 1995, 1999, and 2003. She also starred at two Olympic Games in 2000 and 2004.
She was also a leader of the game, captaining the Matildas for seven years. She was twice named in the FIFA Women’s World XI squad, for her efforts on the global stage in 2004 and 2007. She also played in the United States and Japan.
The Sport Australia Hall of Fame gala dinner will be held in Melbourne on Thursday, October 10 at Palladium at Crown.