It was a night to remember at the Athletics in Australia Gala, with more than 450 guests coming together to celebrate a summer of athletics that was inspiring.
Together with the announcement of the athletics section for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the confirmation of initial nominees for the Paralympics, the event also toasted those individuals recognised for their efforts in 2015.
Athletics Australia has is proud to confirm the following winners of the 2015 Athlete of the Year Awards.
Athletics Australia thank the Special Awards Committee, in conjunction with Paul Jenes and the Selection Panel of Andrew Faichney, Fletcher McEwan, David Tarbotton, Glynis Nunn-Cearns, Jason Hellwig, Kylie Wheeler, Len Johnson, Lorraine Morgan, Nicole Jeffery, Joe Stevens and Scott Gullan for their efforts during this process.
2015 FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Dani Samuels (NSW, discus throw)
2015 MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Fabrice Lapierre (NSW, long jump)
2015 FEMALE PARA-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Isis Holt (Vic, sprints)
2015 MALE PARA-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Todd Hodgetts (Tas, shot put)
2015 FEMALE JUNIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Eleanor Patterson (Vic, high jump)
2015 MALE JUNIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR:
Matthew Denny (Qld, throws)
2015 COACH OF THE YEAR:
2015 PARA-COACH OF THE YEAR:
2015 JUNIOR COACH OF THE YEAR:
2015 OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR:
On behalf of Athletics Australia, we congratulate all winners and look forward to celebrating their journey as the 2016 athletics season continues.