The Establishment in Sydney was the scene for the Women’s Health I Support Women in Sports Awards ceremony over the weekend. Successful female athletes from across the country were in attendance to see who would take home Sportswoman of the Year among a host of other awards to give recognition to the women who this blog strives to champion; strong role models who live and breathe fitness, confidence and a successful life.
In a hotly contested field, it was champion cyclist Anna Meares who this year took out the top gong, the first woman to have won the award for a second time in its short history. Not only was she recognised for another World Championship, but her advocacy for women in sport also helped her outshine the competition.
The full list of award winners is as follows:
* Women’s Health Sports Woman of the Year – Anna Meares, cycling
* Moment of the Year – Minjee Lee, golf
* Fair Fighter – Caroline Buchanan, BMX
* Local Heroine – Jordan Mercer, ironwoman
* Leadership Legend – Laura Geitz, netball
* A-Team of the Year – Diamonds, netball
* A-Team of the Year (special recognition) – Matildas, soccer
* Person of Sporting Words – Amanda Shalala, ABC
* One to Watch – Eleanor Patterson, high jump
* Service to the Sport – Lydia Lassila, aerial skiing
* Contribution to the Community – Amna Karra-Hassan, AFL
* Outstanding Woman in Sport – Ellyse Perry, cricket/soccer
* Hall of Fame – Susie O’Neill OAM, swimming
The awards have grown from the small beginnings of having under 100 people in a function room of the MCG to a much larger scale event, including a red carpet introduction and national media exposure. With continued exposure like this, it is hoped young women will be able to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of these women, and attempt to either emulate them in their chosen sports, or take up physical activity in order to reap the health and lifestyle benefits that these women get to take advantage of everyday. We will continue to champion these achievements in pursuit of this goal.