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NSWIS awards celebrate the best of 2018

16 November 2018

This year’s highest achieving athletes, coaches and support staff have been honoured at the 2018 NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) Awards held at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The night was hosted by former NSWIS sprinter Matt Shirvington, celebrating the wide-ranging achievements across the state’s elite sporting community.

Headlining the night’s winners was canoe slalom star Jessica Fox who capped off an historic season of competition by taking out the prestigious Office of Sport Female Athlete of the Year award.

Jess Fox

“I’m so humbled, there’s been some amazing performances by the girls this year at NSWIS”, Fox said, still in disbelief over her recent success.

“I still really can’t believe it. I was just happy to be there and enjoy myself on the water and I think once I was able to express myself, the results came and I just kept the ball rolling.”

Fox, already a two-time Olympic medallist, this year became the greatest individual paddler in the history of canoe slalom after winning the C1/K1 World Championship double in early October. It was this success which also heavily contributed to mother, Myriam Fox being named the Southern Design Coach of the Year.

“I’m really proud of her”, Fox continued. “She’s such a hardworking, passionate, driven, resourceful person and she’s had a massive influence on my career, my sister’s and our team.”

PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic medallists Matthew Graham and Jarryd Hughes were named joint winners of the M.J. Bale Male Athlete of the Year Award. The duo shared the honour after taking out two of Australia’s three total Winter Olympic medals in February with silvers in the men’s mogul skiing and snowboard cross events respectively.

Matt Graham

“This is definitely up there in terms of honours I’ve received as an athlete”, Graham said upon accepting the award.

“I know some of the best Australian sports people have been in this spot so it’s an extreme honour to have my name up with theirs.”

The impressive results at both the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, including a total of four podium performances, helped the Institute’s Winter Sports program win the Sydney Olympic Park Authority Program of the Year, an award proudly accepted by Peter Topalovic.

Other winners included cycling's Thomas Cornish who claimed the Junior Athlete of the Year Award, while Para triathlete Lauren Parker was awarded the Ian Thorpe OAM Outstanding Achievement Award.

Dual winter Paralympic bronze medallist, Melissa Perrine took out the Clubs NSW Personal Excellence Award while water polo's Anthony Hrysanthos was awarded the University of Sydney Academic Excellence award.

The publicly voted 7Spirit of Sport Award was won by Christian Geiger in honour of his act of generosity, flying Melissa Perrine's family to PyeongChang 2018 to watch her compete at the Winter Paralympics.

You can read more about the winners HERE 


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