Swimming Western Australia
Published: Nov 30, 2012 07:32:59 PM Updated: Dec 5, 2012 06:25:02 PM
London Olympic silver medallist Blair Evans and Paralympic dual gold medallist Katherine Downie have been shortlisted as nominees by Swimming WA for The West Australian ANZ Sports Star of the Year Award in WA's premiere sport's awards, the 2012 ANZ Sports Star Awards, to be held on Thursday the 13th December.
Evans and Downie have been chosen among an impressive field of other nominees for the top award including Danny Green (Boxing), Nathan Sharpe (Rugby Union), Lauren Reynolds (BMX Racing), Lauren Mitchell (Gymnastics) and Daniel Ricciardo (Motor Sport), just to name a few.
A recent recipient of the Singapore Airlines Short Course Swimmer of the Year at the 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimmer of the Year Awards, Evans has her eye firm on the prize based on her silver medal winning performance at the 2012 London Olympic Games, as well as her Australian record –breaking performance in women’s 400m freestyle.
Downie’s nomination caps off a successful year that saw her claim two Paralympic gold medals alongside relay teammate and Paralympian of the Year Jacqueline Freyney.
Continuing her success, Downie has also been nominated for the Railtrain Junior Sports Star Award alongside 15-year-old Damian Fyfe. Fyfe is being acknowledged for his remarkable achievements in 2012 including breaking the Australian Record in the boys 100m freestyle, which attributed to his selection in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival Team.
Just less than one week after being crowned the Roger Smith Technical Official of the Year at the 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimmer of the Year Awards, Ryan Arblaster has been nominated for the Gibson & Gibson Lawyers Official of the Year. This nomination comes off an amazing year for Arblaster, who had the honour of being Australia's representative on pool deck at the London Olympics, officiating at World Cups in Tokyo and Singapore, as well as refereeing the Australian Championships.
Perth City Coach Matt Magee has been nominated for KPMG Coach of the Year for steering Blair Evans to Olympic success. Magee has also been recognized for coaching Heidi Gan to Olympic highs, as well as placing Brianna Throssell on the EnergyAustralia Swimming Team bound for the World Short Course Championships in December. Magee is vying for the award against Master’s Swimming nominee Pamela Badani.
The sport of swimming rounds off its representation at the 2012 ANZ Sports Star Awards with Murray Glaskin and Shelley Hatton nominated for the Service to Sport Award for their contribution to the Rottnest Channel Swim.
Swimming WA would like to congratulate all nominees for their success during 2012 and wish them luck for the Awards. The full list of nominees can be viewed on the WA Sports Federation website.
The finalists and winners will be announced at the 2012 ANZ Sports Star Awards evening, held at Crown Perth on Thursday 13 December 2012.
To support WA Swimming Association’s nominees, you can purchase tickets to attend the 2012 ANZ Sports Star Awards or alternatively, watch the telecast on Channel Seven Perth or GWN. For further information including how to purchase tickets click here.