Top Olympians take out top awards
THE Ski and Snowboard Australia (SSA) awards night were a glittering affair and Sochi silver medallists Torah Bright and David Morris were jointly named Suzuki Snowsports Athlete of the Year.
Others in the running for the top award included Sochi bronze medallist, Lydia Lassila, world cup half-pipe crystal globe winner Scotty James and winner of the Lake Louise snowboard cross world cup event, Jarryd Hughes.
Moguls skier Britt Cox was also in the running for the senior award after finishing fifth at the Sochi games and was named Junior Athlete of the Year for a fourth successive time.
Britt Cox shared the Junior Athlete of the Year award with her Olympic teammate, snowboarder Scotty James who brought home the halfpipe world cup Globe.
In a nod to the rising talent in winter sports, all four finalists for the Junior Snowsport Athlete of the Year, (Cox, James, Hughes and alpine skier Greta Small) competed in Sochi, with Cox and James already dual Olympians, having competed in Vancouver in 2010 at the age of 15.
Aerialist Lydia Lassila, who created history at Sochi by becoming the first woman to attempt a quadruple twisting triple somersault in competition, was recognised with the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Aerialist David Morris was present on the night to collect his award and was extremely happy to be welcomed into such a prestigious alumni.
“It is a privilege to receive the award that has been won by so many well performed athletes in the past,” Morris said.
“Torah is a legend of winter sports, so to have my name next to hers on the honor board is fantastic.
“It’s great to receive the recognition for doing my job and I managed to pull it off on the day, win the medal, and now this is another of the rewards.
“There are so many people who contributed to my success and this award is also recognition for all the work and the contribution they have made over many years,” Mr Morris said.
Other winners on the night included:
Coach of the Year - Cord Spero (David Morris coach)
Rising Star - Emily Arthur (snowboard)
Development Coach - Jarrod Wouters (snowboard)
Snowsports School of the Year - The Scots College
Outstanding Achievement of the Year for Small Schools - Manly Village Public School
AWARDS: Australian Sports Commission chairman John Wylie, Jarryd Hughes, Britteny Cox, Anna Segal and David Morris.
GALA FUNCTION: Australian Sports Commission chairman John Wylie with Outstanding Achievement of the Year recipient Lydia Lassila.