Elite track cyclist Cameron Meyer has become the first athlete to win three WAIS Athlete of the Year titles after he claimed the 2017 prize at Thursday’s WAIS Awards night at the Pan Pacific Perth.
Meyer made a stunning return to track cycling at this year’s World Championships in Hong Kong, coming away with three medals. He was part of the gold medal winning Australian team pursuit squad and backed that up to win an eighth career rainbow jersey in the points race. The 29 year-old then partnered Callum Scotson to finish second in the Madison, which will again be an Olympic event in Tokyo in 2020.
Six WAIS athletes had previously won the award twice, but Meyer – in adding to titles he’d received in 2010 and 2012 – created new history at WAIS by becoming the first athlete to win it a third time.
Meyer received the award from a strong field of 10 nominees:
Sarah Edmiston* (ATHLETICS)
Jaime Roberts (CANOE)
Cameron Meyer* (CYCLING)
Sam Welsford* (CYCLING)
Emily Little (GYMNASTICS)
Matt Wearn* (SAILING)
Holly Barratt (SWIMMING)
Brianna Throssell (SWIMMING)
Sally Pilbeam (TRIATHLON)
Aaron Younger (WATER POLO)
*Denotes award finalist
The Junior Athlete of the Year title was won by rowers Annabella McIntyre and Bronwyn Cox after their debut campaign at U23 World Championship level, where they returned a silver medal in the Olympic-class women’s pair.
Eight nominations made up the award shortlist:
Sasha Zhoya (ATHLETICS)
Matt Richardson (CYCLING)
Nikita Hains (DIVING)
Georgia Wilson* (HOCKEY)
Annabelle McIntyre and Bronwyn Cox* (ROWING)
Nia Jerwood and Monique De Vries* (SAILING)
Jemima Horwood* (SWIMMING)
Tim Putt (WATER POLO)
*Denotes award finalist
Paul Oberman received the WAIS Coach of the Year award following a successful campaign that saw him assist six athletes onto the senior Australian team for the World Championships, with another five athletes chosen on the Junior Australian World Championship team.
Oberman himself, was an assistant coach with the Australian senior team as they achieved their best result (seventh) at World Championship level since 2003.
The Challenge High Performance Training Centre – Swimming was selected as the WAIS Program of the Year, following a season that saw Zac Incerti make his senior World Championship debut and Brianna Throssell return home from Budapest with a medal in the medley relay.
Jemima Horwood also earned representative honours over the course of the year, picking up a relay medal at the Junior World Championships in the USA.
WAIS Athlete of the Year – Cameron Meyer (Cycling)
WAIS Junior Athlete of the Year – Annabelle McIntyre/Bronwyn Cox (Rowing)
WAIS Coach of the Year – Paul Oberman (Water Polo)
WAIS Program of the Year – Challenge High Performance Training Centre (Swimming)
2015/16 - Sam Welsford (Cycling)
2014/15 - Caitlin Bassett (Netball), Melissa Hoskins (Cycling)
2013/14 - Kim Mickle (Athletics)
2012/13 - Kim Mickle (Athletics)
2011/12 - Cameron Meyer (Cycling)
2010/11 - Lauren Mitchell (Gymnastics)
2009/10 - Cameron Meyer (Cycling)
2008/09 - Steve Hooker (Athletics)
2007/08 - Steve Hooker (Athletics), Elise Rechichi (Sailing), Tessa Parkinson (Sailing)
2006/07 - Eamon Sullivan (Swimming)
2005/06 - Paul Burgess (Athletics)
2004/05 - Peter Robertson (Tri-Athlon)
2003/04 - Ryan Bayley (Cycling)
2002/03 - Peter Dawson (Cycling)
2001/02 - Peter Dawson (Cycling)
2000/01 - Dmitri Markov (Athletics)
1999/00 - Belinda Stowell (Sailing)
1998/99 - Stuart Reside (Rowing)
1997/98 - Rechelle Hawkes (Hockey)
1996/97 - Darryn Hill (Cycling)
1995/96 - Darryn Hill (Cycling)
1994/95 - Rechelle Hawkes (Hockey)
1993/94 - Richard Nizielski (Ice Speed Skating)
1992/93 - Ramon Andersson (Canoeing)
1991/92 - Sharon Buchanan (Hockey)
1990/91 - Robyn Lambourne (Squash)
1989/90 - Ian Brown (Swimming)
1988/89 - Craig Davies (Hockey)
1987/88 - Craig Parry (Golf)
1986/87 - Christine Stanton (Athletics)
1985/86 - Robert Waller (Cycling)
1984/85 - Jenny Byrne (Tennis)