Wallaby or Wal
Selina Holtze and FIFAs Fatma Samoura

One of only a few aboriginal players to represent Western Australia in the open age women’s state team in the 1990’s. Nicknamed ‘Wally’ after her Grandfather, ‘Wally’ played her local football with Curtin University and Perth Soccer Club as a single mother. She was a solid defender, with great endurance and judgement in a tackle. In for the tough games, you would be happy with Wally to ‘have your back.’ After a long absence from football Wally relocated back to the Northern Territory, where her increasingly extensive sporting knowledge and experiences landed her a position with the inaugural FIFA Cultural Panel for the Women’s World Cup 2023. Working with the FIFA secretary Fatima Samoura and other First Nations people, the pioneering panel enabled indigenous peoples of the region to be recognised by allowing indigenous flags to be flown at the World Cup, a world first.

Referenced from Wally herself!

Photos courtesy Penny Tanner and Sandra Szopski.