Cameron Meyer was anointed the 2012 WAIS Athlete of the
Year, following another exemplary year that saw the star win a sixth track world
Meyer claimed the prestigious award for the second time,
after his world championship win in the men’s points race last April saw him
edge out fellow cycling world champion Scott Sunderland and Kookaburras Olympic
bronze medallist Fergus Kavanagh for the award.
Having taken the WAIS Athlete of the Year Award in the
2010, Meyer was again a popular winner, having claimed a sixth senior title at
the 2012 UCI Track World Championships in Melbourne along with a bronze medal
in the maddison, and a senior debut in the UCI Road World Championships in the
Although not in Perth to receive his award, Meyer’s
father Ken, accepted on his behalf, claiming he would be delighted with his
second win. Meyer himself took to social media soon after learning of his award
to make a statement.
"I have just been announced as the winner of the
WAIS Athlete of the year award for 2012. It’s a great honour to receive this
for the second time and be a part of such great champions of the award.
Unfortunately I couldn’t be at the dinner function due to being in Europe but I
look forward to heading back to Perth soon and thanking everyone involved.
Thank you WAIS,” it read.
Other award winners on this night included; dual Paralympic
swimming champion Kat Downie, who received the Athlete with a Disability of the
Year Award, and dual World Champion track cyclist Kelsey Robson, who won the
Junior Athlete of the Year Award.
* The WAIS Athlete of the Year award is a major prize awarded by the Institute to its brightest athlete each year. The recipient of the award is decided by the WAIS Board and the judging period is from 1 October to 30 September. The award is announced and presented at the WAIS Annual Dinner held in November each year. There are commonly up to eight finalists invited to the dinner from which the winner is chosen.
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)