JASON DAY receives ‘The Don’
World Number 1 Jason Day has been given Australia’s highest sporting nod, being bestowed with the 2015 Don Award from the Australian Sports Hall of Fame.
PGA of Australia CEO Brian Thorburn said the Don Award caps off an outstanding year for Day, one of Australia’s greatest golf ambassadors both domestically and on the world stage. “On behalf of the Australian golf industry and his fellow PGA Professionals, I would like to congratulate Jason on winning The Don Award and convey just how proud we are of all his achievements throughout his career but in particular this year,” said Thorburn.
“Jason is a worthy recipient of the Don. He embodies Sports Australia Hall of Fame value’s of courage, sportsmanship, integrity, mateship, persistence, excellence – underpinned by generosity, modesty, pride and ambition. Australian golf is extremely privileged to have such a wonderful ambassador competing on the world stage and inspiring the next generation of golfers.”
Undoubtedly Australia’s best-performing athlete this year, Day has impressed Australian sports fans with his standout results but also his mental toughness, family values and humility. He also becomes the second Professional golfer to win the award after Adam Scott was bestowed the honour in 2013 after becoming the first Australian to win The Masters. Upon accepting the Don via a video message from his home in Ohio Day said, “I am extremely humbled and honoured to win such a prestigious award like the Don Award. It is something that a peer of mine, Adam Scott won back in 2013, to be able to etch my name with him in history but also the other athletes that have won in previous years is quite amazing. I would also like to congratulate the 11 other nominees, what a fantastic year they have had, all the way from the Socceroos to Mick Fanning punching a bloody shark in the face.”
On hand to accept The Don was Denning Day, Jason’s mother to whom he dedicated the award. “My mum Denning is here and I couldn’t think of a better person to receive the award,” added Day. “She has been my biggest supporter and she sacrificed so much for me. For her to give me the start I needed, to hone my skills and get better as a player, put me on a springboard to get to where I really wanted to be which was on the PGA TOUR, playing against the best players in the world. “She is a great human being, and once again I just wanted to thank my mum.”
While 2015 has been an exceptional year by anyone’s standards, Day showed his fierce determination in his acceptance speech stating that he hopes to be even more successful in the future. “Such a great year as this, to be able to cap it off with The Don Award, goes down in my memory as one of the best years I have ever had.”
“I am looking forward to hopefully replicating or improving on years like this and trying to represent not only myself but golf in Australia and the Australian nation around the world the best I can.”