June 24, 2024
Sam Kerr

Sam Kerr OAM is an Australian football athlete. She currently plays as a striker for Chelsea in the FA Women’s Super League and leads the Australia women’s national team as captain since 2019. Renowned for her speed, skill, and determination, Kerr is globally recognized as one of the best strikers and among Australia’s top athletes.

Early Life

Samantha May Kerr was born on September 10, 1993 (30 years old).  Kerr was born in East Fremantle, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Her parents were Roxanne (née Regan) and Roger Kerr.

Her father, a former professional Australian rules football player, had roots in Calcutta with an English father who was a featherweight boxer and an Indian mother who played basketball. Her mother hailed from a family deeply involved in sports, with her father Harry and uncle Con Regan being professional footballers in the West Australian Football League, and another uncle, J. J. Miller, achieving fame as a jockey who won the Melbourne Cup in 1966 with Galilee.

Sam Kerr and her parents

Race

Sam Kerr’s family history spans across different continents. Her father, Roger Kerr, was born in the city of Kolkata to an English father and Indian mother. As a result of this, she is Indian, a fact which she is indeed proud of.

Siblings

Sam Kerr has three siblings; two brothers Daniel Kerr and Mathew Kerr; and a younger sister Madeline Kerr.

Sam Kerr Husband

Sam Kerr is a lesbian and is not sexually interested in men, thus, she doesn’t have a husband

Sam Kerr Wife/Girlfriend

Sam Kerr and partner, Kristie Mewis

Sam Kerr is engaged to her partner and fellow professional player, Kristie Mewis. Mewis shared a photo on Instagram in October 2023, revealing what appeared to be a diamond engagement ring, sparking reactions from Kerr’s international teammate Mackenzie Arnold and others, who affectionately referred to Kerr as “Australia’s first lady.”

The couple has been in a long-distance relationship, with Kerr playing for Chelsea in the WSL, and Mewis representing Gotham FC in the NWSL in the United States.

Career

Kerr’s sporting journey began in Australian rules football, influenced by her father and older brother, Daniel Kerr, both professional players. She began to play football at 12, as gender restrictions prevented her from participating actively in her previous sport.

Although she initially disliked football, she was encouraged to pursue it. Despite facing challenges in the change of sport, she caught the attention of Perth Glory striker Bobby Despotovski at age 13, who praised her exceptional athleticism and raw talent. By age 15, she had made her debut in both the W-League and international competitions.

She played for Perth Glory from 2008 to 2012, before joining Sydney FC. She ventured into the NWSL in 2013 with the Western New York Flash, contributing to their NWSL Shield victory. Subsequently, she played for Sky Blue FC and the Chicago Red Stars in the same league.

In 2019, Kerr expressed her desire to compete in Europe, considering offers from clubs like Olympique Lyonnais. Eventually, she chose Chelsea, where she has since amassed eight trophies, including three consecutive Women’s Super League titles, and helped secure the team’s first UEFA Women’s Champions League final appearance in 2021.

Kerr made her senior international debut in 2009 at age 15 and has since represented Australia in various tournaments, including AFC Women’s Asian Cups and FIFA Women’s World Cups. Notably, during the 2019 World Cup, she became the first Australian to score a hat-trick in the tournament’s history. In 2021, she led the team to their first-ever semi-final in a major tournament during the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics, culminating in a historic fourth-place finish.

Sam Kerr has played for various clubs, all of which includes:

  • Perth Glory (2008–2011)
  • Western New York Flash (2013–2014)
  • Perth Glory (2014–2015)
  • Sky Blue FC (2015–2017)
  • Chicago Red Stars (2018–2019)
  • Chelsea (2020–present)

Awards And Nominations

Kerr’s illustrious career has garnered numerous accolades. She was named the 2018 Young Australian of the Year and receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2022 for her contributions to football. She has won multiple awards for her outstanding performance, including the Julie Dolan Medal in 2017 and 2018, the PFA Australian Women’s Footballer of the Year five times, and the ESPY Award for Best International Women’s Soccer Player in 2018, 2019, and 2022.

Additionally, Kerr has been recognized as the FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2022 and 2023. She has also been a consistent nominee for prestigious awards like the Ballon d’Or Féminin and The Best FIFA Women’s Player. Kerr’s remarkable talent has earned her a place among the top female footballers globally, as evidenced by her consistent inclusion in lists such as The Guardian’s The 100 Best Female Footballers In The World.

Net Worth

Sam Kerr’s net worth is estimated to be about $7 million.

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