Jada Whyman might only be 20 years of age but she's embracing the chance to be a role model.
One of the most exciting young goalkeepers in the country, Western Sydney Wanderers Whyman was in Dubbo this week to take in the work being done by the John Moriarty Football (JMF) program.
JMF is a grassroots program which was founded by Australia's first Indigenous representative, John Moriarty, and his son James.
The Dubbo program has now been running for a year and Whyman was delighted to be part of the school holiday clinics.
"The kids are so coach-able," Whyman said.
"In Sydney you get too many opportunities like that and you can take it for granted and then coming out to regional areas they have these chances and coaches from Football NSW who are well experienced and they're helping the regional coaches as well, who can help in the grassroots and expand their knowledge.
"The way the kids are adapting to the game is amazing."
Whyman knows football isn't the biggest sport in the Indigenous community but that never stopped her from working her way right up to the Matildas squad.
It wasn't easy though.
As part of the Australian Institute of Sport's Share A Yarn program, Whyman recently spoke about her family moving from Wagga to Canberra when she was younger after he talent on the pitch was noticed.
There was two months in the nation's capital where she and her family camped in a caravan park living on two means a day.
Better times soon came but it was that kind of support from her family and those close to her which helped Whyman reach her dreams.
It's also what made being a part of the clinics in Dubbo special.
"It's a big commitment being in a regional area and I know one of the [JMF] guys here drives kids to Orange," the W-League player said.
"So having people who are willing to help kids in this area is fantastic and that's the only way they're going to find bigger and better opportunities."
Whymean really only got into the sport when she was 10 so it was a fairly rapid rise to the top but she's always looked at current Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams as a role model.
Williams is someone who has also spoken at length about her proud Indigenous heritage and now Whyman is one of the players providing that for the next generation.
She's able to do it in person at the moment, as well.
Given she plays in the W-League and has also been involved without the national squad, without yet making her Matildas debut, Whyman gets little chance to visit regional areas.
But the lack of play caused by the coronavirus and time away from the game following injury, Whyman was making the most of her chance in Dubbo.
Whyman has missed the best part of a year after a serious knee injury
"It's been a positive to have this break," she said.
The Moriarty Football squad will also play a friendly match against Western FC this weekend.