Award for Horn
Jeff Horn’s stunning upset victory over Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao has made him the first boxer to win ‘The Don’ Award as the athlete to have most inspired Australia in 2017. Horn claimed the WBO welterweight title with a unanimous points win over Pacquiao in July in Brisbane. Horn will announce his next fight in the coming days, with a likely title defence against Englishman Gary Corcoran in December in Brisbane. He told the annual Sport Australia Hall of Fame function on Thursday night in Melbourne that winning ‘The Don’ was a career highlight. The other finalists for ‘the Don’ were 100m hurdler Sally Pearson, the Australian women’s football team, swimmer Emily Seebohm, surfer Tyler Wright, AFLW star Erin Phillips and rugby league champion Johnathan Thurston. The award is named after cricketer Sir Donald Bradman.