Sam Kerr nominated to receive key to the city in hometown of Perth

Matildas captain and football superstar Sam Kerr has won awards the world over for her sporting feats and could now add another trophy to her mantlepiece after being nominated to receive a ceremonial key to her home city of Perth.

Kerr, 28, would be the first West Australian-born woman to receive the honour, which has not been awarded since 2014.

The nomination, put forward by Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas, will be voted on by the City of Perth council on Tuesday afternoon.

Zempilas wrote a letter nominating Kerr.

Sam Kerr is arguably Western Australia’s most popular and successful overseas sporting star, across any sport, at the moment, he wrote.

She has won multiple individual and team awards in the past five years and is acknowledged by many as the most popular and best female footballer in the world.

I have spoken to Sam’s parents and they told me they believed she would be thrilled and honoured if the keys to the city were presented to her.

The last person to receive a key to the city was WA billionaire Kerry Stokes in 2014.

An award ceremony to hand over a key to Kerr is estimated to cost $15,000 with an event anticipated to be held on July 8 at Forrest Place in the Perth CBD.

Kerr played junior soccer in Mosman Park before starting her professional career with the Perth Glory at the age of 15.

She went on to join clubs in New York and Chicago before signing a deal with English giant Chelsea Football Club in 2020.

Most recently Kerr won the English footballer of the year for 2021-22 and scored the winning goal in the FA Cup against Manchester City.

Kerr is Australia’s all-time leading goal-scorer for international play – female or male.

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