Major winners on the night included Holly Crawford, who claimed the Samsung Electronics Australia Female Athlete of the Year and Nathan Johnstone, who took out the Ian Thorpe OAM Outstanding Achievement category.
The NSWIS Winter Sports Program, which includes, Snowboarding, Mogul Skiing, Ski Cross and individual scholarships for Alpine Skiing and Cross Country won for the Program of the year Award.
Alex “Chumpy” Pullin and Scott Kneller were also nominated for awards on the night but unfortunately missed out.
NSWIS Chief Executive Officer Charles Turner said all of the nominated athletes had done the Institute proud in 2011 but Magnussen’s world beating swims, and the history breaking performances of Crawford and Johnston to win FIS Snowboard World Championship gold, were particularly outstanding.
“It has been another year of NSWIS athletes shining on both the domestic and international stage and it is great that we can come here tonight and celebrate everyone’s achievements,” Turner said.
“For Holly and Nathan, to do what they did, that was quite amazing. Our winter sport athletes have definitely picked up in recent years and for both of them to win their half-pipe event, and for Australia to top the overall medal tally at the snowboard world championships was exciting.”
Full list of award winners:
The Australian College of Physical Education Academic Excellence (General): Gabrielle King (Sailing)
The University of Sydney Academic Excellence: Kenneth To (Swimming) & Jenny Blow (Goalball)
The University of New South Wales Career Development: Eamon Sullivan (Swimming)
Ian Thorpe OAM Outstanding Achievement: Nathan Johnstone (Winter Sports)
Out & About Marketing and Media Junior Athlete of the Year: Caleb Ewan (Cycling)
Classic Sportswear Most Memorable Moment: Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay (Matthew Abood; James Magnussen; Eamon Sullivan)
Office of Communities, Sport and Recreation Regional Athlete of the Year: Nathan Outteridge (Sailing)
Sydney City Toyota Team Athlete of the Year: James Magnussen (Swimming)
Sportspro Coach of the Year: Brant Best (Swimming)
Sydney Olympic Park Authority Program of the Year: Winter Sports
Samsung Electronics Australia Female Athlete of the Year Award: Holly Crawford (Winter Sports)
ClubsNSW Male Athlete of the Year Award: James Magnussen (Swimming)
Thanks to NSWIS