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Swimming, cycling feature prominently as ASPAs finalists named

Kurt Fearnley
Previous ASPAs winner Kurt Fearnley is encouraging people to vote in the latest Sports Team of the Year and Sports Personality of the Year categories.

05 Feb 2016

In a good sign ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics, swimming and cycling dominate the finalists for this year’s annual AIS Sport Performance Awards (#ASPAs) in Sydney as previous Sports Personality of the Year winner Kurt Fearnley encourages people to vote in the latest people's choice awards.

The Australian Institute of Sport has released its finalists for the prestigious awards, the winners to be announced at gala ceremony at Star City Sydney on 24 February.

Cycling and swimming have seven and six finalists respectively, AIS Director Matt Favier confident both sports are tracking well for the Olympics in August.

“The AIS consistently monitors the performances of all Olympic-potential athletes and sports, so we’re confident swimming and cycling are progressing well towards a strong contribution in Rio,” Favier said. “The fact that so many of their athletes have also been nominated for their performances over the past year indicates they’re in fine form as we approach Olympic trials and the Games in August-September.

“The #ASPAs recognise excellence in all Australian sport and there are 15 sports represented as finalists across eight categories determined so far. When you look at the international triumphs Australia enjoyed last year across so many different sporting codes, the standard of finalists is extraordinary.”

The public is still being invited to judge two awards, fans able to vote for the ABC Sports Personality of the Year and the Destination NSW Team of the Year. Fans can cast their votes until 17 February by visiting the #ASPAs webpage


Female Athlete of the Year – presented by Berlei

• Annette Edmondson (Cycling)
• Emily Seebohm (Swimming)
• Bronte Campbell (Swimming)
• Kim Brennan (nee Crow) (Rowing)

Male Athlete of the Year – presented by 2XU

• Jason Day (Golf)
• Rohan Dennis (Cycling)
• Mitch Larkin (Swimming)
• Michael Matthews (Cycling)

Team of the Year – presented by Gatorade

• Socceroos (Football)
• Diamonds (Netball)
• Matt Belcher/Will Ryan (Sailing)
• Women’s Team Pursuit (Cycling)

Emerging Athlete of the Year – presented by Nestle

• Isis Holt (Para-Athletics)
• Ben Simmons (Basketball)
• Jacob Birtwhistle (Triathlon)
• Caleb Ewan (Cycling)

Para Performance of the Year – presented by Dairy Australia

• Angela Ballard (Athletics)
• Kathryn Ross/Gavin Bellis (Rowing)
• Alistair Donohoe (Cycling)
• Ellie Cole (Swimming)

Coach of the Year- presented by Melbourne Business School

• Gary Sutton (Cycling)
• Michael Cheika (Rugby Union)
• Michael Bohl ( Swimming)
• Lisa Alexander (Netball)

Leadership Award – presented by Melbourne Business School

• Belinda Clark (Cricket)
• Mark Anderson (Swimming)
• Peter Conde ( Sailing)
• Craig Tiley (Tennis)

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