Perth Glory Football Club would like to add its warmest congratulations to our Westfield W-League captain Sam Kerr who was today announced as Young Australian of the Year.
The club is immensely proud of Sam’s achievements on the pitch both domestically and at international level and also of the way she conducts herself away from the game.
And Glory CEO, Peter Filopoulos, feels that the 24-year-old Fremantle local is a very worthy winner of the award.
“Everyone associated with the club is absolutely thrilled for Sam,” he said.
“She had an incredible year in 2017 and thoroughly deserves to receive this hugely prestigious honour in recognition of her achievements.
“But her goalscoring feats and incredibly consistent form for clubs and country are only part of what make her a very special individual.
“Her dedication, commitment and work ethic, along with her humble and down-to-earth personality, make her a superb ambassador for Perth Glory and an ideal role model for all young people and young female sportspeople in particular.
“Sam has done an incredible amount to raise the profile of women’s football and women’s sport in general in this country and we’re sure that she will continue to do so in what promises to be another massive year for her in 2018.”
Kerr becomes just the fourth sportswoman to be named Young Australian of the Year, following in the illustrious footsteps of Deahnne McIntyre, Cathy Freeman and Jacqueline Freney.
The award caps an incredible 12 months for the striker in which she was also named MVP and claimed the Golden Boot in the American National Women’s Soccer League, took out the AFC Women’s Player of the Year award, the W-League Julie Dolan Medal and was included in the Best FIFA Women’s Player top ten.