07 SEPTEMBER 2020 -- After 18 months battling an injury medical professionals thought would rule Georgia out of the game she loved, she signs with the Western Sydney Wanderers after returning to the NPL with a bang for APIA, scoring 4 goals in just a handful of games.

Georgia (GYD for short) is a special breed of athlete -- she has the determined, ambitious, 'setbacks set the stage for the comebacks' kind of attitude.

You only have to go so far as listen to her latest podcast with Tim Gilbert (listen to it here on Spotify), to realise just how much we can all learn from an athlete of her calibre. In fact, if you're an athlete who has considered hanging up the boots when the news got bad, or if that's you right now, listen to this. Very rarely will you hear this advice -- sometimes your belief in your own strength and ability needs to outweigh the stats and facts. It's the embodiment of the underdog story.

It didn't take long for Georgia to settle into her groove training here, and evidently, it took even less time for her to settle back into football after her forced time off -- she scored an absolute blinder from well outside the box in her first season game back playing for APIA.

Training in the gym has gone from strength to strength; it's set a great platform for her success and recoverability out on the pitch (alongside her unmatchable work ethic juggling a full-time job, university and various football commitments). It's no surprise that the Wanderers had their keen eye on her to finish off what they started a couple of years ago.

A huge congratulations to GYD -- her mental resilience overcoming her injury, despite the odds, and the success she's had since is a testament to a tenacious work ethic and a willingness to face adversity head on. The head coach of the Wanderers Dean Heffernan nailed it:

“Georgia embodies a lot of what the Wanderers stand for – hard-work, resilience and overcoming the odds."

We couldn't agree more.

Georgia Yeoman-Dale | Athletes Authority

Georgia getting to work doing everything she can to protect her hamstrings from her own speed... she's bloody fast!