Kerr nominated for prestigious Sport Australia award

Westfield Matildas striker Sam Kerr has been nominated alongside some of Australia’s best sports stars for the 2018 ‘The Don’ Award.

The prestigious prize will be announced at next week’s Sport Australia Hall of Fame 34th Induction and Awards Gala Dinner and recognises athletes and teams for their performances and ability to inspire the nation.

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It is named in honour of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame’s first Inductee, the late Sir Donald Bradman AC.

And Kerr has certainly down that over the last 12 months, starring for both club and country.

The 25-year-old attacker scored crucial goals for the Westfield Matildas in April’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup as well as the Tournament of Nations in America earlier this year.

Sam Kerr

Kerr also finished as the leading goalscorer in the National Women’s Soccer League (for the second straight year) to help the Chicago Red Stars reach the finals.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be named a Finalist for The Don Award,” Kerr said.

“This is such a prestigious award and as an Australian Athlete, this nomination means so much to me.

“Sir Donald Bradman truly inspired our nation and his legacy will always be remembered.”

Kerr is part of a star-studded list of nominees, including Formula One Daniel Ricciardo, Indianapolis 500 victor Will Power, record-breaking cricketer Ellyse Perry and Australian Commonwealth Games with gold medallist Kurt Fearnley AO.

Former winners of ‘The Don’ Award include the Caltex Socceroos in 2006, Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson, Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, Tennis great Pat Rafter and 400m runner Cathy Freeman.

The winner will be announced on Thursday, October 11.