Soccer superstar Sam Kerr is the focus of a new short film that shines light on her childhood, her passion for AFL and the sorrow she felt in having to turn her back on the sport she loved.
The video was released by Nike today and gives and insight into the resilient woman who was once mistaken for a boy as a junior footy player.
“I can’t remember anything other than AFL when I was a kid because I always had a footy in my hand, always at my games or at Daniel’s games or at the footy club,” Kerr said.
“I used to live at the footy club, just playing all the time and it just got way too rough way too quickly. The boys were now too big, too strong and I was just getting battered around.
“I guess it just sucks that there was no opportunity for me as a girl (to play AFL), and as a kid that’s hard to comprehend. And yeah I think that’s more frustrating being pulled out of the sport I loved really.”
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Kerr reflected on her struggle when she switched to soccer, saying she wished she made her new sport her dream earlier.
“Going from being one of the better players in the AFL to being in a soccer team. I was woeful,” she said.
“It took me until I was about 18 to really take myself and my sport (soccer) seriously … I had to have a huge wake-up call to realise this is what I wanted to do for my career.”
Kerr said her stubbornness helped to come back from a serious knee injury in 2014. She said she dreams of winning a World Cup and Olympic Medal.