Ger­rans and Pullin awarded

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT -

SI­MON Ger­rans has been named Vic­to­rian Sportsper­son of the Year and Alex “Chumpy” Pullin Vic­to­rian Male Ath­lete of the Year.

The Tour de France stage win­ner and yel­low jersey holder, Ger­rans was awarded the pres­ti­gious Gover­nor’s Award for Vic­to­rian Sportsper­son of the Year last week.

The Gover­nor’s Award is pre­sented to an ath­lete who has not only achieved out­stand­ing sport­ing per­for­mances but has also made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to sport as a leader and a role model.

Ger­rans ful­filled both of these cri­te­ria ex­cep­tion­ally well to join an honor roll of pre­vi­ous win­ners in­clud­ing Cathy Free­man, Cadel Evans, Sharelle McMa­hon, Andrew Gaze and last year’s joint win­ners Kelly Cartwright and Kim Crow.

Vic­sport chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark McAl­lion said, “Si­mon is a most de­serv­ing win­ner of the Gover­nor’s Award for Vic­to­rian Sportsper­son of the Year.

“Si­mon had not only had won­der­ful re­sults in 2013, par­tic­u­larly at the Tour de France, but has also con­ducted him­self in a way that has had a pos­i­tive im­pact on the pro­mo­tion of Vic­to­rian sport.”

Ger­rans was un­able to at­tend the awards as he is in Europe for the be­gin­ning of the cy­cling sea­son there.

He posted a com­ment on Twit­ter, say­ing “Huge honor to win Vic Sports Awards Sportsper­son of the year for 2013”.

“Sorry I couldn’t be there.”

The sea­son opener is the Mi­lan/San Remo Clas­sic, a two day 298km ride which Ger­rans won in 2012.

Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin took out Vic­to­rian Male Ath­lete of the Year for his Snow­board Cross World Cham­pi­onship and Kim Crow made it back-to-back Vic­to­rian Fe­male Ath­lete of the Year crowns with her sin­gle skull World Cham­pi­onship and un­de­feated row­ing sea­son.

2013 was a fan­tas­tic year for Vic­to­rian sport with the nom­i­nee field for male, fe­male and ju­nior Ath­letes of the Year in­clud­ing an im­pres­sive 10 World Cham­pi­ons across a wide va­ri­ety of sports.

In less wel­come news, Ger­rans was forced to with­draw from last Sun­day’s Mi­lan-San Remo clas­sic, an event he won in 2012.

Ac­cord­ing to Ori­caGreenedg­e team di­rec­tor Mat White, Ger­rans has been bat­tling al­ler­gies, then fell ill on the weekend.

“The de­ci­sion was taken that he would not start,” White said.

He’s not in any state to race any race let alone our long­est and one of our most dif­fi­cult races of the year in 24 hours,” said White on Sun­day.

The best placed Orica rider in the event was Ger­rans” good friend, South African Daryl Im­pey, who placed 49th.

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