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Voting opens for Australia’s premier sporting awards

Voting is open for the ASPAs.

02 Jan 2015

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) calls on the nation’s sports fans to vote for the best sports performance of 2014 and also decide the nation’s top sporting personality.

The two people’s choice awards headline the inaugural AIS Sport Performance Awards (ASPAs), which will be held at the Melbourne Museum on February 11.

“The inclusion of people’s choice awards in these new awards for Australian sport is very exciting and a great way to reflect on the many great sporting performances of 2014,” said AIS Director Matt Favier.

“I hope as many Australians as possible cast their votes between now and when voting closes on February 2.”

The inaugural ASPAs recognise Australia’s leading athletes, teams, coaches and administrators, and celebrate their outstanding achievements in sport with the people’s choice awards among 10 awards to be handed out on the evening.

Former Olympic and Commonwealth Games sprinter Matt Shirvington believes the ASPAs are a great way to reward the achievements of our best athletes.

“As a former athlete and now sports broadcaster I have a good understanding of what it takes to compete at the elite level in sport. It is important that we reflect on the great achievements in Australian sport and reward those that are deemed the best,” he said.

“It is fantastic that all Australians are able to have a say in the outcomes by casting their vote in the ASPAs people’s choice awards.”

Joint winner of the 2013 AIS Athlete of the Year and BMX champion Caroline Buchanan feels the ASPAs people’s choice vote is an exciting initiative.

“As the joint winner of the AIS athlete of the year in 2013 I know how exciting and satisfying it can be to win an award such as this,” Buchanan said.

“It means a lot to me to receive recognition for the hard work and dedication it takes to perform at the highest level, particularly when it comes from an organisation such as the AIS with such a rich history in developing Australia’s greatest athletes. I encourage all Australians to get behind these awards and vote for their favourite sports performance and sporting personality for 2014.”

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