His­toric feat for joint ath­letes of the year

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

CY­CLIST Melissa Hoskins and netballer Caitlin Bas­sett were joint win­ners of the 2015 WA In­sti­tute of Sport Ath­lete of the Year award.

Hoskins, who helped Aus­tralia to gold at the 2015 UCI Track World Cham­pi­onships in France, ac­cepted the award at the WAIS An­nual Din­ner held last month.

Aus­tralian Di­a­monds player Caitlin Bas­sett ac­cepted her prize via video link be­cause she was in Christchurch for the Con­stel­la­tion Cup Test se­ries against the Sil­ver Ferns.

The pair are the first fe­male cy­clist and netballer to win the award, first pre­sented in 1985.

Hoskins said she was shocked to win the prize given she was in a team sport.

Wheelchair bas­ket­baller Brad Ness re­ceived the Per­sonal Ex­cel­lence Award, swim­mer Tam­syn Cook was named Ju­nior Ath­lete of the Year and golfer Min­jee Lee got the Herb El­liot Medal.

Swim­ming was named Pro­gram of the Year and soc­cer and cricket leg­ends Stan Lazaridis and Adam Gilchrist were in­ducted into the WA Hall of Cham­pi­ons.

Sharon Jarvis (par­a­lympic eques­trian), Lind­say Pea­con (ath­lete) and Jamie Roberts (kayaker) re­ceived Wally Fore­man Foundation schol­ar­ships.

Melissa Hoskins was joint win­ner of the Ath­lete of the Year.

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