Joanne Peters

A veteran of 110 'A' internationals, Joanne Peters kicked off her career at 17 years of age in 1996 during a match against New Zealand and scored her first of 29 goals during her debut match.

She represented her country in the 1999, 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup and 2004 Olympic Games (Athens). After having played for Northern NSW Pride, NSW Sapphires, Sydney United and Sydney Olympic, Joanne joined Newcastle Jets for the inaugural season of the Westfield W-League competition.  Her club career has also taken her overseas playing for Santos in Brazil, New York Power and Charlotte Lady Eagles in the USA. Joanne was the first Australian female player to play in South America.

For over a decade she led the way for young female footballers paving a tangible professional pathway for female footballers in Australia. A pioneer of Australian Women’s international football, Peters was one of the first to play professionally overseas and helped lay the ground work for future Australian women to ply their trade internationally at club level.

Joanne retired from international football in 2009 after a long and stellar career and in that year was fittingly awarded the “Australian 2009 Women’s Footballer of the Year”