Sam Kerr will be the standard bearer at the coronation of Charles III

    Sam Kerr will be the standard bearer at the coronation of Charles III

    Sam Kerr was appointed as the standard bearer for Australia at the coronation of King Charles III of England and Queen Camilla.

    The new British king will be crowned on Saturday 6 May in Westminster Abbey. Kerr will then be part of a delegation from Australia along with 13 “extraordinary Australians” chosen to “show the world our best values: caring for others, serving society and supporting progress”.

    “It is always an honor to represent Australia internationally,” Kerr said, and said she was “incredibly honored” to be chosen as the flag bearer “for this historic occasion”.

    Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson said the appointment to captain the Matildas was “much deserved” and was “a fitting recognition of their impact and contribution to Australia on and off the field”.

    Johnson added that ‘the influence of Sam and her companions in Matilda has changed the way women and girls see themselves and their potential contribution to the life of Australia. For millions of women and girls, seeing Sam lead the Australian delegation at a world historic moment will be a powerful symbol in a mood that will reverberate for decades to come.”

    Born in 1993, Kerr is the most represented Australian rules footballer. Underlining her influence off the pitch as well, in March The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Wide World of Sports, placed the Chelsea striker at the top of their ranking of the 50 most influential women in Australian sport.

    Martina Pozzoli

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