Australia Honours its Female Sporting Champions

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.

807531-anna-mearesAnna Meares took out Sportswoman of the Year

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.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in About Us, Achievements & Role Models and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s