Paralympic swimming star Maddison Elliott continues to add to her stellar list of achievements this year, collecting the top prize at the NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) awards at the Sydney Cricket Ground last night.
In a category which included fellow Paralympic swimming gold medallist Ellie Cole, Olympic sailing silver medallist Lisa Darmanin, dual Olympic canoe slalom medallist Jessica Fox, and Australian Diamonds captain Sharni Layton, Elliott stood out as the Sydney City Toyota Female Athlete of the Year.
Elliott also picked up the NSW Institute of Sport Regional Athlete of the Year and Mizuno Junior Athlete of the Year awards.
“I am honestly shocked to have won all three awards that I was nominated for. I don’t think that will happen again. I’m living in the moment,” said Elliott to NSWIS.
This year Elliott represented Australia at her second Paralympic Games, where she won three gold and two silver medals, and set two world records.
“It has definitely been a huge year. I had a few ups and downs with some injury, I lost a friend to illness, but I bounced back from all of that and competed well in Rio,” she said.
The NSWIS Chief Executive Charles Turner echoed Elliott’s sentiments, noting that her success in 2016 is “the reward for many years of hard work and sacrifice”.
“The NSWIS and our partners are privileged to be able to support such high calibre athletes in their quest for excellence and we will continue to do so moving towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Turner.
By APC Media