World champion sprinter Cate Campbell capped off an extraordinary year by winning three major awards at the 2013 swimmer of the year awards on Sunday night in Perth.
The 21-year-old, who holds the fastest time for the 100m freestyle in a textile suit, won a gold medal in the 100m freestyle at the world championships in Barcelona and three silvers in the 50m freestyle, 4x100m medley relay and the 4x100m freestyle relay.
The freestyler began 2013 on a high, being named female swimmer of the meet at the Aquatic Super Series in Perth, and took two national titles in the 50m and 100m freestyle at the Australian championships – setting her up for her world title in Spain.
Not only did Campbell pick up swimmer of the year on Sunday at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, but the Simon Cusack-coached star was also recognised by the public and her peers who voted her as the people’s choice and swimmers’ swimmer for 2013.
After making her first Australian senior team in Beijing 2008 aged just 16, Campbell this year is looking forward to potentially representing Australia at her first Commonwealth Games.
Long-time coach Cusack – after successfully guiding Campbell and Christian Sprenger to individual world titles in 2013 – was awarded coach of the year.
Other recipients included rising distance star Jordan Harrison who picked up the Australian Institute of Sport’s award for discovery of the year. Harrison made his debut on the senior Australian team in Barcelona, qualifying for the finals of the 1500m, 800m and 400m freestyle.
Harrison’s teammate Simon Huitenga, also a debutant on the senior Australian team, won the open water swimmer of the year award after finishing 11th in the men’s 10km open water at the world championships.
Australia’s most successful paralympian Matthew Cowdrey, who won five gold medals at the 2013 IPC world championships in Montreal, was awarded the trophy for multi class athlete of the Year.
Cowdrey’s coach Peter Bishop was also recognised as multi class coach of the year.
SWIMMER OF THE YEAR HONOUR ROLL
* 1990 – Glen Housman QLD
* 1991 – Hayley Lewis QLD
* 1992 – Kieren Perkins QLD
* 1993 – Kieren Perkins QLD
* 1994 – Kieren Perkins QLD
* 1995 – Susan O’Neill QLD
* 1996 – Susan O’Neill QLD
* 1997 – Michael Klim VIC
* 1998 – Michael Klim VIC
* 1999 – Ian Thorpe NSW
* 2000 – Ian Thorpe NSW
* 2001 – Ian Thorpe NSW
* 2002 – Ian Thorpe NSW
* 2003 – Ian Thorpe & Grant Hackett NSW/QLD
* 2004 – Jodie Henry QLD
* 2005 – Grant Hackett QLD
* 2006 – Leisel Jones QLD
* 2007 – Libby Lenton QLD
* 2008 – Stephanie Rice QLD
* 2009 – Jessicah Schipper QLD
* 2010 – Alicia Coutts QLD
* 2011 – James Magnussen New South Wales
* 2012 – Alicia Coutts QLD
* 2013 – Cate Campbell QLD
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