Cate Campbell’s Golden Return Earns Sportswoman Of The Year

Sprint ace Cate Campbell has earned Australia’s Sportswoman of the Year honors at the nation’s annual Woman in Sports Awards in Sydney today, October 17th.

Against nominees including Paralympic athlete Madison de Rozario, track cyclist Stephanie Morton and weightlifter Tia-Clair Toomey, C1 clinched the title after her heroic efforts at both this year’s Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships. Both exceptional meet performances came following a post-Rio break to get her mind and body right after finishing off the podium in both the 50m and 100m freestyle events despite being a 2016 Olympic favorite.

In Tokyo at this year’s Pan Pacs, C1 returned to stunning style en route to winning the 50m and 100m freestyle events, while also firing off meet records in both. Her 100m free time of 52.03 also checked in as an Oceanic Record. C1 also contributed to 3 relay golds in Tokyo, which included the 4 x 100m freestyle, 4 x 100m medley and 4 x 100m mixed medley.

On her home turf at the Commonwealth Games, C1 blasted the women’s 50m free and 50m fly fields for gold in both, while also nabbing silver behind sister Bronte in the 100m free.

Of Campbell’s recognition, Swimming Australia Chief Executive Leigh Russell said, “Swimming is extremely fortunate to have a role model like Cate for all young Australian women to aspire to be.

“She is a fearless competitor and her commitment, resilience and drive to succeed are qualities that embody an exceptional athlete.

“She represents Australia with immense pride, whether that be in the pool or out of it, and is truly a wonderful ambassador for swimming.”

With less than 2 years until Tokyo 2020, C1, sister Bronte and coach Simon Cusack recently left Chandler in Brisbane to a new home at the New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS) in Sydney.


Sportswoman of the Year – Cate Campbell (swimming)

Hall of Fame – Evonne Goolagong Cawley (tennis)

Moment of the Year – Ellyse Perry (cricket)

A-Team of the Year – Southern Stars (cricket)

Person of Sporting Influence – Raelene Castle (Rugby Australia CEO)

Comeback of the Year – Cate Campbell (swimming)

Local Sporting Champion – Wendy Snowball (mountain biking)

Leadership Legend – Sam Kerr (football)

One to Watch – Lucy Bartholomew (ultra-running)

Outstanding Woman in Sport – Skye Nicolson (boxing)

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1 year ago

Cate Campbell did not really prove her mettle as a role model or “wonderful ambassador for swimming” when she trash-talked Team USA after a 2018 Pan Pacs Championships in which the USA won 20 gold medals to Australia’s 8. It is not very classy to say ridiculous things like “we’ve really stuck it to people”, “took the wind out of their sails” and “put them on notice” particularly when she has quite vehemently talked out of the other side of her mouth about the need for online civility following her unfortunate 2016 Rio Olympics performance. I doubt her own teammates appreciated those selfish comments.

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Reply to  Melbourne
1 year ago

If her ‘ own teammates’don’t appreciate as you imply then here is what they can do …… win something / swim a WR/ be a member of a prepared goal achieving relay . Ummm there are not many . .But really it is just you .

Reply to  Melbourne
1 year ago

go ask her team mates to be sure.cos i think only a few people took it so seriously. long way to go to tokyo, won’t get there looking backwards

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