Aussie star Sam Kerr is determined for the Matildas to leave a legacy and she has drawn inspiration from an Australian sporting icon.
Australian football star Sam Kerr says she wants the Matildas to have their own “Cathy Freeman moment” at the 2023 FIFA World Cup.
Australia and New Zealand will host the World Cup and the Matildas are already building towards the showpiece event in global football.
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The Matildas have had mixed results in recent months including a loss to Ireland, a win and a draw against Brazil, as well as a loss and a draw against the USA.
Kerr, who is still very much in the prime of her career, has been contemplating the legacy she and the Matildas will leave at the 2023 World Cup and when she retires.
The Matildas captain is one of several players including Caitlin Foord, Kyah Simon, Hayley Raso, Alanna Kennedy, Steph Catley and Chloe Logarzo who have risen through the ranks together as the Matildas have quickly become one of Australia’s most-loved national teams.
And with the 2023 World Cup on the horizon, Kerr is determined for the team to leave a lasting impact at the tournament and beyond.
The 27-year-old has taken inspiration from Australian sporting legend Cathy Freeman, who famously won gold in the 400m at the Sydney 2000 Olympics with the weight of a nation on her shoulders.
Kerr wants to leave a similar legacy by going as close as possible to winning a home World Cup.
“It’s hard to say while I’m playing but I always refer back to Cathy Freeman,” she said when asked by Channel 10’s Sandra Sully how she’d like to be remembered.
“Whenever I think about the 2000 Olympics, I think about Cathy Freeman and I think with this World Cup coming up, I want the Matildas to have a Cathy Freeman moment.
“Anyone around my age these days knows Cathy Freeman, remembers where they were, remembers when she won that race.
“I believe that the Matildas can have that moment and then go on from there.”
“I hope people talk about this decade for a long time to come but I think leaving a legacy hopefully for me is about winning things and changing the game.”
Coincidentally, the final of the 2023 World Cup will be held at Sydney’s Stadium Australia, the same arena where Freeman won her gold medal.
The Matildas drew 1-1 with the USA on Tuesday in the second of their friendly matches.
They will next play in January when the Asian Cup begins in India. The Matildas have not won the tournament since 2010.
Kerr, who finished a career-best third in the women’s Ballon d’Or award this week, needs just one more goal to equal Socceroos legend Tim Cahill’s record of 50 for the most goals for Australia.
Originally published as Sam Kerr wants ‘Cathy Freeman moment’ for Matildas at 2023 World Cup
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