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Sam Kerr to be awarded City of Perth’s highest honour

Soccer superstar Sam Kerr will become the first WA woman to be awarded the Keys to the City of Perth at a public celebration next month.

At a special council meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the City of Perth council voted to grant the Keys to the City to the WA-born international sporting star.

Kerr said she was humbled by the honour.

“To be given the keys to my home city where I grew up and spent most of my life is a great honour,” she said.

“There’s something very special about WA. I love coming home to this beautiful city.

“I’m truly humbled and proud to represent Western Australia.”

City of Perth lord mayor Basil Zempilas said Kerr was an inspiration to all young athletes and that this honour was not bestowed regularly.

“Sam is a role model athlete and an inspiration for people young and old – but especially young girls – and she is arguably Australia’s most decorated and popular athlete,” he said.

“I am delighted that in granting this award, she will become the first West Australian-born female recipient of the Keys to the City of Perth.

“I have spoken with her parents and they told me she would be thrilled and honoured to accept this award.”

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