Sam Kerr the Young Aus­tralian of the Year


Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts

FRE­MAN­TLE’S Sa­man­tha Kerr was awarded the Young Aus­tralian of the Year award in Can­berra on the eve of Aus­tralia Day.

The soc­cer su­per­star rep­re­sented Aus­tralia at age 15 in the Aus­tralian women’s soc­cer team, the Matil­das, af­ter mak­ing the switch from Aussie rules foot­ball in East Fre­man­tle.

Kerr won the West Aus­tralian Young Aus­tralian of the Year in Novem­ber 2017, and said at the time she was sur­prised to be nom­i­nated.

“I thought these awards were only for peo­ple that have saved lives or changed the world,” she said. “It was pretty spe­cial.

“I feel very lucky to be nom­i­nated next to peo­ple who are do­ing such great things in the com­mu­nity.”

Kerr said 2017 had been a great year for women’s sport, es­pe­cially foot­ball.

“To be a part of such a great move­ment and for young girls to grow up with fe­male role mod­els is some­thing no mat­ter if I win or not, I’m very proud of,” she said.

The foot­baller had a stel­lar year last year and with over 50 caps to her name will be part of the Matil­das’ charge to­wards the Women’s Asian Cup 2018 and the World Cup in the fol­low­ing year in France.

Kerr re­ceived her award along­side Aus­tralian of the Year, quan­tum physics Pro­fes­sor Michelle Yvonne Sim­mons.

Na­tional Aus­tralia Day coun­cil chair Danielle Roche con­grat­u­lated the re­cip­i­ents and said the win­ners were break­ing down bar­ri­ers in the com­mu­nity.

“They are a truly ex­tra­or­di­nary group of peo­ple, and through their suc­cess, they re­mind us we all have some­thing to con­trib­ute,” she said.

Re­mark­able per­for­mances at all lev­els in soc­cer have earned Sam Kerr the Young Aus­tralian of the Year award.

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