Olympians claim top gongs across QLD and VIC Sport Awards
29 November 2018
AOC: Triple Olympian Cate Campbell was announced as the Sport Star of the Year at the 24th Annual Queensland Sport Awards in Brisbane, while Winter Olympian, Scotty James took out the VIS Award of Excellence in Melbourne on Wednesday night.
Campbell’s total of eight gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo and the Commonwealth Games, including her Australian world record 4 x 100 m freestyle gold medal win, won her the second such award in three years.
Female swimmers scooped the pool of awards on offer in QLD with Cate and Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon and Shayna Jack, who broke the world record in the women’s 4 x 100m relay at the Commonwealth Games winning the Sport Team of the Year.
Young star on the rise, 17-year-old Ariarne Titmus took out the Junior Sport Star category after a break-out year, winning three gold and one silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Dual-Olympic gold medal winning cyclist, Anna Meares, was inducted into the Hall of Fame for both QLD and her current home, SA, after a stellar career spanning four Olympic appearances and amassing an impressive six medals (two gold, one silver, three bronze).
Meares expressed her gratitude via Twitter;
"Thanks Queensland Sport Australia for allowing me to accept a nomination into each state Sport Hall of Fame. Although SA is now my home & where my career concluded, it’s important to remember where I came from. It was a pleasure to represent each state over a 22 year career."
Meanwhile, down in Melbourne, the Victorian Institute of Sport held their annual Award of Excellence event.
Three-time Winter Olympian Scotty James capped off his standout performances in 2018 by taking out the prestigious VIS Award of Excellence
At the age of 23, Scotty created history as the first Australian male to win a snowboard Olympic medal at PyeongChang 2018. A consistent performer, the 2015 and 2017 World Champion came away with the bronze medal for Australia with a top score of 92.00 in the Men’s Halfpipe final.
Recognised for his leadership by being named Australia’s flagbearer for the PyeongChang 2018 Opening Ceremony, James is an active role model and mentor within his sport as well as a great ambassador for winter sports and the sporting community.
He has played an active leadership role within the newly structured National Park & Pipe Program which targets young athletes with potential to be medal contenders at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
The Sarah Tait Spirit Award, named after the late rower, was presented by former VIS athlete and Olympic silver medallist Matt Ryan to rower and Rio 2016 Olympian, Fiona Albert.
Queensland Sport said of Albert's win,
"Despite suffering a severe back injury in 2017 which required surgery, Albert demonstrated courage, commitment and persistence to regain selection on the Australian Rowing Team. She is busy chasing her dreams as a successful lawyer in estate planning, and is driven to compete at a second Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020."
Melissa 'Milly' Tapper was presented the William Angliss Personal Excellence Award for her academic achievements while competing at the highest level of her sport of table tennis. Tapper created history as the first Australian to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games at Rio 2016 and won Australia’s first table tennis Commonwealth Games gold medal on the Gold Coast in the women’s singles TT6-10.
The 2018 Rising Star award was presented to teenage cyclist Kelland O’Brien.
At 19-years of age and only just old enough to represent Australia at senior international level, O'Brien combined with Alex Porter, Sam Welsford and Leigh Howard to smash the Men's Team Pursuit World Record on their way to Commonwealth Games victory at the Anna Meares Velodrome in April.