Swimming Australia has congratulated Cate Campbell after winning two awards, including the supreme award of ‘Sports Women of the Year’, at the Women’s Health Women in Sport Awards in Sydney last night.
Campbell also took out the ‘Comeback of the Year’ award which recognises athletes that have comeback from a physical, mental or emotional challenge to accomplish a sporting high.
Following the 2016 Rio Olympics, Campbell took a break from competitive swimming and returned to the pool at the 2017 Australian Short Course Championships where she broke the world record in the 100m freestyle.
She continued her strong form into the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games picking up three gold medals and one silver, including anchoring the women’s 4x100m relay to a world record.
At the recent Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo she secured five gold medals, including a personal best in the 100m freestyle and a meet record in the 50m freestyle.
Swimming Australia Chief Executive Leigh Russell congratulated Campbell on taking out the two awards.
“Swimming is extremely fortunate to have a role model like Cate for all young Australian women to aspire to be.
“She is a fearless competitor and her commitment, resilience and drive to succeed are qualities that embody an exceptional athlete.
“She represents Australia with immense pride, whether that be in the pool or out of it, and is truly a wonderful ambassador for swimming,” said Ms Russell.
Swimming was strongly represented in the awards nominations with Ariarne Titmus receiving a nomination for the ‘One to Watch’ and the women’s world record breaking 4x100m relay team comprising of Shayna Jack, Emma McKeon and Bronte and Cate Campbell nominated for ‘Moment of the ‘Year.
Russell congratulated the other swimming finalists nominated during the evening.
“I would also like to congratulate Ariarne, Shayna, Bronte and Emma for their nominations last night.
“These athletes have all had exceptional years and should be very proud of what they have achieved.
“They set a great example for our future generation of champion swimmers,” she added.
Corporal Sonya Newman was also nominated in the Leadership Legend category for her contribution to the Invictus Games where she is mentoring fellow athletes. Newman will represent Australia in swimming at the games again this year after winning three silver and one gold at the 2017 games in Toronto.