World champions win AIS Awards’ top honour

The Federal Minister for Sport, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, announced that world champions Caroline Buchanan and Kim Crow were joint winners of the top honour at the Australian Institute of Sport Awards in Canberra.

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14 November 2013

The Federal Minister for Sport, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, today announced that world champions Caroline Buchanan and Kim Crow were joint winners of the top honour at the Australian Institute of Sport Awards in Canberra.

Mr Dutton presented BMX rider Caroline Buchanan and rower Kim Crow with the 2013 Athlete of the Year Award to join a distinguished group of previous winners including swimmers Michael Klim and Petria Thomas, cyclist Anna Meares and sailor Tom Slingsby.

Mr Dutton said their performances were inspiring a new generation of athletes as Australia prepares for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“Caroline Buchanan and Kim Crow exemplify the spirit that has built a strong sporting tradition in Australia as the nation looks toward the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Mr Dutton said.

“Caroline had a big year by winning two world championships, the BMX world title in New Zealand and the UCI Four Cross World Championship in Austria, and Kim became the first Australian to win a world title in the women’s single scull.

“As the AIS continues to roll out the Australia’s Winning Edge 2012-2022 game plan – announced by the Australian Sports Commission late last year – the strength of the finalists and award winners bode well for future success in Australian sport.”

Other winners of awards included:
Junior Athlete of the Year – Dante Exum (basketball)
Team of the Year – Mathew Belcher and Will Ryan (sailing)
Coach of the Year – Simon Cusack (swimming)
Performance of the Year – Alex Pullin (snowboard)
Leadership Award – Geoff Lipshut (Olympic Winter Institute)

Media contact: Minister Dutton’s Office, 02 6277 7220

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