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.

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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.”

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