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Canberra women’s achievements highlighted in CBR Sports Awards

Elsie Adamo

It’s been a good year for Australian women in sport.

From the majority of the Australian Olympic team being female this year to the forthcoming national Female AFL league kicking off next year, women in sport are finally coming into their own and rightfully getting recognition.

The CBR Sport Awards Selections committee chaired by Rob de Castella had a particularly tough year with a large range of Canberra sportspeople to choose from.

“The quality of the nominations was exceedingly high, and the number of sports represented was very diverse”.

Rob noted how Canberra despite its size has a particularly high calibre of sports people representing it. In recognition of this, the committee named 10 Canberra women as finalists for this years’ awards.

As per the categories, there are four women nominated for the Athlete of the Year – Women’s Sport, but another six women have also scored nominations outside of the women only categories, including three nominations for Athlete of the Year in Para Sport and two in the People’s Sporting Champion nominated by popular vote by the Canberra Community.

The nominees

Canberra Milk Athlete of the Year – Men’s Sport

  • Tennis                                  Nick Kyrgios
  • Basketball                           Patty Mills
  • Cycling                                 Mathew Hayman
  • Rugby League                    Josh Papalii

Capital Chemist Athlete of the Year – Women’s Sport

  • Cycling – Track/Road       Sue Powell
  • Rowing                                Kim Brennan
  • Cycling – Road                   Chloe Hosking
  • Cycling – BMX                  Caroline Buchanan

Athlete of the Year – Para Sport

  • Swimming                          Madeleine Scott
  • Cycling – Track/Road      Sue Powell
  • Track & Field – Shot Put Louise Ellery

Konica Minolta Team of the Year

  • Volleyball                           Canberra Heat –  Men’s Team
  • Football                              Canberra Olympic FC – NPL Team
  • Rugby League                   Canberra Raiders – NRL Team
  • Orienteering                     Canberra Cockatoos – Men’s Senior Team

Outstanding Service to Sport

  • Athletics                              Steve Dodt
  • Football                               Sal Giovinazzo
  • Tennis                                  Carolyn Paris
  • Archery                                Kevin Watt 

People’s Sporting Champion 

In no particular order, the top ten People’s Sporting Champions are:

  • Ice Hockey                          James ‘Jimmy’ Byers
  • Rugby League                    Jordan Rapana
  • Cricket                                 Nathan Lyons
  • Rowing                                Kim Brennan
  • Rugby League                    Josh Hodgson
  • Rugby Union                     Christian Lealiifano
  • Mountain Biking              Rebecca Henderson
  • Rugby League                   Jared Croker
  • Figure Skating                   Tanisha Jory
  • Rugby League                   Blake Austin

Minister for Sport and Recreation Awards

Minister for Sport and Recreation’s Award for Inclusion

  • Little Athletics ACT
  • Woden Valley Gymnastics
  • Capital Football Connect
  • Touch Football ACT

Minister for Sport and Recreation’s Award for Innovation

  • Tennis ACT
  • Ginninderra Athletics Club
  • Touch Football ACT
  • CBR Brave

Minister for Sport and Recreation’s Award for Event Excellence

  • Canberra Cavalry
  • Tennis ACT
  • Canberra Off – Road Cyclists
  • Ginninderra Rats Basketball Club

Want to join the celebrations?

The CBR Sports Awards are being held on Friday, 9 December. $165 will get you your ticket, a three-course meal and drinks package. Radio personality Adam Spencer will be the MC for the night and Kitty Chiller, Australia’s Chef de Mission of this year’s Rio Olympics Team, will be the guest speaker. The ActewAGL ACT Sport Hall of Fame Inductions will also take place on the night.

the essentials

What: CBR Sport Awards
Where: The National Arboretum
When: Friday 9 December


Elsie Adamo

Elsie originally hails from South Australia but after almost five years in the Capital likes to consider herself now as a local. A student at ANU she keeps herself busy on campus with student societies and now interning at HerCanberra. Her great loves include sitcoms, podcasts, bookstores, cider, brunch and online shopping. More about the Author

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