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Australia’s greatest round ball athlete has today taken her iconic family name well beyond the perimeters of Perth City.
In the last 12 months, Matildas forward Samantha Kerr has been recognised as one of Australia’s most marketable and recognisable sporting talents, as she bounces between clubs in the National Women’s Soccer League in the US, and carries the Australian national side to win after win.
Samantha, who was last month named the 2018 Young Australian Of The Year, is now officially a big deal – even outside of Perth, which is a remarkable achievement considering the only famous people to come out of Perth are bad boy AFL players like her dad and brother.
Samantha’s brother, Daniel Kerr is remembered as one of the posterchilds of the early 2000s West Coast Eagles bad boy era, a title that has meant his sister has had to literally become one of the best athletes in Australia to shake off the ‘little sister’ tag.
While Daniel and their father Roger have successfully transitioned into sporting mentor figures over the years, the Kerr family was still remembered for their hot-headedness. Something that is now only seen in Samantha’s brutal slide tackles.
With a following now growing in the US and Asia, Samantha Kerr has been able to become the most famous member of the Kerr family without any punch ons or traffic offences – and is now responsible for taking the family name well outside of the West.