OUTLET: THE CANBERRA TIMES
Sam Kerr was staring down the football pitch with her heart pounding and her knee aching as her strength and conditioning coach Aaron Holt prayed 'please don't injure yourself, Sam'.
But she gritted her teeth, finished her final shuttle run, immediately caught a flight and became an international superstar.
The Matildas captain penned a touching two-page letter to her former coach, thanking him for saving her career four years ago.
"It really affected me that someone who I hold in such high regard can think of me four years later and say thanks," Holt said.