Retired AFL player Brett Kirk, and his wife Hayley, welcomed their fifth child last week, and have named their son Skout. Scout joins brother Indhi, sister Sadie, and twin sisters Memphys and Tallulah.
You may recall that Jessica Marais and James Stewart recently welcomed a daughter named Scout, so this may seem like a bit of a coincidence. However, Scout Stewart and Skout Kirk were also born on the same day, May 9, and they were both born on the same floor of Prince of Wales Private Hospital as well. This seems like quite a coincidence, since only six babies were named Scout last year. It just goes to show, no matter how rare the baby name you’ve chosen, you can’t guarantee that nobody else in your area will have thought of it.
Brett played his whole career with the Sydney Swans, making his debut in 1999. He won the Robert Rose Award for most courageous player in 2006, won Fairest and Best in 2005 and 2007, and won the Paul Kelly Player’s Player Award in 2008. He retired from the game in 2010, after playing his 200th consecutive game, and received both the Best Captain Award, and the Madden Medal Community Spirit Award. Brett is a practising Buddhist, and was able to meet the Dalai Lama on his Australian tour in 2008, presenting him with a signed Swans jersey. For the past six years, he has done volunteer work at the Sydney Children’s Hospital.
Hayley is a published author who writes under the name Hayley Smithers-Kirk. She has written a YA novel called Divine Clementine, and co-authored a children’s story called When’s My Turn? She and Brett wrote a book together designed to inspire children and teenagers called Brave Heart: Lessons Learned From Life.
Brett and Hayley met while attending university together in Wagga Wagga. Hayley was attracted to him because she thought he was a surfer; however eventually she learned to accept he was actually a footballer and they began dating after starting out as friends.