The Australian Dolphins have capped off a remarkable year with several athletes and coaches recognised with awards around the country for their respective roles in the record-breaking success at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Emma McKeon was crowned the Queensland Sports Star of the year at the 2021 QSport Awards following her remarkable haul of four gold and three bronze medals in Tokyo.
McKeon beat out an incredibly competitive field of finalists for Queensland’s highest individual sporting honour, including Dolphins teammates Kaylee McKeown, Ariarne Titmus, Zac Stubblety-Cook and Para swimmer William Martin.
McKeon and relay teammates Bronte and Cate Campbell, Madison Wilson, Meg Harris, and Mollie O’Callaghan were awarded Team of the Year for their Gold medal winning performance in the Women’s 4x100 freestyle, including a new World Record.
O’Callaghan was crowned Junior Sports Star of the Year, while Michael Bohl received the Coach the Year award for his efforts with McKeon and fellow Tokyo medallist Emily Seebohm.
At the New South Wales Institute of Sport Awards, Australia’s most decorated female Paralympian Ellie Cole was awarded the Ian Thorpe AM Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award, with fellow Para swimmer Matthew Levy also won the Academic Excellence award, recognising the outstanding academic performance of an NSWIS athlete while excelling in their chosen sporting field.
Fellow Para Swimmer Katja Dedekind has also been named the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Sportsperson of the Year for her outstanding performances in Tokyo.
Over in Perth, Brianna Throssell and Ben Popham were both nominated for the Western Australian Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year Award, with sailor Matt Wearn taking out the award.
There are several Dolphins also nominated in the South Australian Sports Institute Awards to be held tonight, with Madi Wilson and Kyle Chalmers both nominees in the Female and Male Athletes of the Year respectively, and Isabella Vincent has been nominated for the Para Athlete of the year. Coach Peter Bishop has also been nominated in the Coach of the Year.