Thousands of Australian sports fans have voted for the South Sydney Rabbitohs (Sport Performance of the Year) in the inaugural AIS Sport Performance Awards (ASPAs).
The Rabbitohs were nominated as one of six outstanding individual and team performances that were voted on by the public, including; Daniel Ricciardo, Nick Kyrgios, Sally Pearson, The Diamonds and the Steelers.
Speaking from the Melbourne Museum as part of a gala awards function, AIS Director Matt Favier said he was excited that all Australians could now have a say in recognising our best sport performances and personalities.
“The ASPAs aim to recognise our leading athletes, teams and coaches. They reward performance but also reflect the important values that underpin Australian sport,” Favier said.
“The public vote demonstrates that South Sydney winning the NRL premiership after a 43-year drought and being excluded from the competition in 2000 and 2001 is one of our great sporting stories.
“Congratulations to all our winners tonight. It is very important that we publicly acknowledge the hard work and achievements of people involved in Australian performance sport.”
Other winners on the night included Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander (Coach of the Year), cyclist Amy Cure (Junior Athlete of the Year), Australian Men’s Hockey team – the Kookaburras (Team of the Year), Australian Para Rugby team - the Steelers (Para Performance of the Year), Damien Marangon - Shooting and Kate Palmer – Netball - joint winners (Leadership Award), Wynyard Yacht Club (Community Club Award), Bridie Galea - Basketball (Volunteer/Administrator Award).
AIS Sports Performance Awards (ASPAs) winners list
· South Sydney Rabbitohs (Sport Performance of the Year) – Public vote
· Kurt Fearnley (Sport Personality of the Year) – Public Vote
· Jess Fox (Athlete of the Year)
· Lisa Alexander (Melbourne Business School Coach of the Year)
· Amy Cure (Junior Athlete of the Year)
· Australian Men’s Hockey Team (Team of the Year)
· Australian Para Rugby Team (Para Performance of the Year)