Matt Graham crowned Athlete of the Year
MATT Graham has taken out the 2016 Ski and Snowboard Australia (SSA) Athlete of the Year award after an outstanding season, which saw him finish second overall in this season’s Moguls World Cup.
In a season of many highlights for Graham, his greatest came at Deer Valley, Utah where he won his first World Cup Gold medal at the biggest event of the year.
Graham took the top award from Aerials athlete Danielle Scott, who had a superb season to also finish second overall in the World Cup, and Snowboard Cross athlete Belle Brockhoff, who won her first Gold medal at the final World Cup event of the season, and finished ranked third overall.
Alpine Skier Mitch Gourley was named ParaSnowsport Athlete of the Year after an outstanding season that saw him achieve nine World Cup podium finishes and third on the World Cup standings overall.
The Snowboard Cross team took out the Outstanding Achievement award after a season that saw them take home three World Cup Gold medals, as well as three silver and one bronze.
2002 Olympic Gold medallist Alisa Camplin presented the Junior Athlete of the Year award to Snowboard Halfpipe athlete Emily Arthur.
Arthur won Silver in the Halfpipe at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.
Other award recipients named at the gala function in Melbourne were:
Rising Star - Madison Hoffman (Alpine)
Coach of the Year - Ben Wordsworth & Harald Benselin (Snowboard Cross)
Development Coach of the Year - Christoph Maier (Alpine)
Snowsports School of the Year - Jindabyne Central School
Outstanding Achievement of the Year for Small Schools - Wenona
STAR ATHLETE: Matt Graham was awarded ‘Athlete of the Year’ at the annual gala awards night presented by Ski and Snowboard Australia.