SAM Kerr’s streak of success continued last night when she was named Sports Star of the Year at a gala dinner held at Optus Stadium.
The Perth Glory skipper and star Matildas striker beat 11 finalists to win the award, including diver Maddison Keeney, cyclist Cam Meyer and Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo.
In 2017, Kerr earned rave reviews worldwide on the pitch, including being grouped in the top 10 players in the world and winning various awards for her on-field achievements.
The previous winner of the Junior Sports Star of the Year award was recently named Young Australian of the Year after being crowned WA’s Young Australian of the Year.
Rising athletics star Sasha Zhoya, of Coolbellup, was named the 2018 Junior Sports Star of the Year ahead of Applecross sailor Zac Littlewood who won a bronze medal at the open Laser Radial World Championships in the Netherlands to become one of the youngest Australians to claim a medal at a world championship regatta.
Zhoya’s year was highlighted by a world record pole vault for a 14-year-old when he cleared 4.92m at the Australian National Athletics Championships last year.
It was double delight for the Perth Wildcats with coach Trevor Gleeson winning Coach of the Year and his team taking home the Team of the Year ahead of the Perth Scorchers and Perth Glory Women.
Floreat’s Anne Stingemore, Elsma Merillo, of Applecross, and Trigg resident John Davies were recognised for their Service to Sport while Kelly Hoare (badminton) was named Official of the Year and the Beyond Sport; John Gilmour Medal went to the Fremantle Triathlon Club.