Last year really was the year for women in sport, and soccer superstar Sam Kerr’s Young Australian of the Year Award drives that home.
The 24-year-old Perth Glory striker received the gong at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday on the back of a remarkable 2017, with her goalscoring feats breaking new ground.
She said it wasn’t just young girls looking up to female athletes, but young boys were also idolising women sporting stars.
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“I think women’s sport has taken a huge leap this year and a lot more people are getting behind it,” Kerr said.
“It’s great for not only the athletes involved, but the young kids growing up with great role models now.”