The 24-year-old football star received the award at Parliament House in Canberra tonight for being a huge inspiration to us all – on and off the pitch. The last few months have been huge for Sam, who followed up her Women’s Health Sportswoman of the Year 2017 win last October by being named Most Valuable Player in the NWSL and the best female player in Asia by the Asian Football Confederation.
Sam was among an impressive list of nominees for the Young Australian of the Year award, including Georgie Stone, an advocate for trans and gender diverse youth, and teen inventor Macinley Butson, who built a device to help protect women from radiation during breast cancer treatment.
We reckon 2018 is going to be even bigger for Sam as eyes off the W-League Finals series with Perth Glory, then heads over to the US to play with the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL. Expect to see #SamKerrFacts breaking the internet once more…
2018 YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Macinley Butson - Scientist and inventor (NSW)
Zack Bryers - Youth and outreach worker (ACT)
Kyran Dixon - Role model for Indigenous youth (SA)
Kevin Kadirgamar - Refugee and migration lawyer (NT)
Samantha Kerr - Sportsperson (WA) – WINNER
Dr Jessica Manuela - Dentist helping Indigenous communities (TAS)
Georgie Stone - Campaigner for transgender youth (VIC)
Phillip Thompson - Veterans’ champion (QLD)