Chelsea Blissett comes from an athletic family and has grown up playing multiple sports, but the country girl ultimately opted for football.
“I’ve settled in really well overall. It’s just a really supportive environment to be in and I’m loving every minute of it.
“It was very scary initially, one day you’re trialling and the next minute you’re off to Canberra playing in the starting XI, but it was an experience I had to embrace.
“I had to settle and overcome my nerves and use it to my benefit. I think once the whistle went, all the nerves went away and it was just another game.
“The quality is a massive step-up, in terms of gameplay, pace and physicality is a step-up, but you can’t use it as an excuse anymore, you just need to adjust quickly and play the best football you can.
“Training with girls like Steph Catley and Kyah Simon, at first, it wasn’t necessarily daunting, but it was just that thing where you’ve grown up watching your favourite soccer players on TV.
“They’re so nice and welcoming and after a little while, they’re not Matildas, they’re your teammates and you talk to them like normal people.
“Obviously initially it was exciting and nerve-wracking to meet them, but they’re just the nicest people I could meet and they help me a lot at training and on game day.”
Blissett is now targeting her dream of earning a spot in the Young Matildas in the 2019 AFC U19 Women’s Championship in Thailand.
The 18-year-old has just completed her Year 12 and hopes to study a double degree in teaching and exercise science in 2020.
She's inspired by young guns Kyra Cooney-Cross, Sofia Sakalis and Ellie Carpenter who have all impressed early in their careers.
“Those girls’ stories does give you confidence and belief in yourself, but at the same time, you still have to keep yourself grounded and realise that even though I’m here, there’s still so much learning and experience I can gain,” Blissett said.
“I use the confidence I gain to my advantage, but I also stay humble and grounded at the same time.
“I hope one day that I’ll be able to play for the Matildas, but I’d really like to be in contention for the Young Matildas next year.
“I just want to keep playing well and hopefully it all falls into place.
“Moving around a lot as a teenager, you have to grow up a lot faster in those situations and you look after yourself a lot more, but I don’t think of it as if I’ve matured quickly or grown up too fast. I just take it as learning experiences for the future.”