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January 18, 2018 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Two of Australia’s greatest sports stars have been nominated by the world’s media for the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Track hero Sally Pearson, who returned to action after a career dogged by injuries to win the 100 metres hurdles in the World Championships, on the same London track where she won the gold medal in 2012, is nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award. And Tyler Wright, at 23, is shortlisted for the Laureus World Action Sports Award after winning her second straight World Surfing Championship.

Sally is in a very competitive category which includes Brazilian football team Chapecoense, back in action after the tragic plane crash, Roger FedererFC Barcelona, for their remarkable 6-1 Champions League win which overturned a 4-0 first leg deficit to Paris St-Germain, Justin Gatlinand MotoGP racer Valentino Rossi.

Among Tyler’s opposition is the men’s surfing world champion J.J.Florence, skateboard star Nyjah Huston, French sailor Armel Le Cléac’h and snowboarders Anna Gasser and Mark McMorris.

QUOTES:

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Nominee Tyler Wright:

“It’s a real honor to receive a second straight nomination for the Laureus Action Sports Award. Last year had its challenges and became a really big year of learning and growth, I’m so thankful for my team and what we’ve been able to accomplish so far. I have so much respect for the other nominees and what they too have achieved in their respective sports over the last 12 months.”

Former Olympic champion and Laureus Academy Member Cathy Freeman: “For me Sally is one of the bravest athletes in the world. Overcoming long term injuries is a mental and physical nightmare for a full time athlete. Sally hadn’t competed in a global championship between 2013 and 2017. Yet she didn’t lose faith. Her reward was the 100 metres hurdles gold medal in the World Championships in London last August, the same track where she won the 2012 Olympics gold medal. That’s class, Sally. Congratulations.  You’re my kind of athlete.

Seven-time world champion and Laureus Ambassador Layne Beachley: “Big congratulations to Tyler Wright for her second consecutive World Surfing Championship and her second straight Laureus Nomination. Despite the amazing line-up of Nominees it would be awesome if she won the Laureus Award for Australia. I have so much respect for her. In 2016 she showed tremendous maturity and tenacity to claim her maiden world title despite the worries of helping her brother recover from head injuries after a surfing accident in Hawaii. 2017 saw her overcome a serious knee injury that had the potential to end her season and title campaign. That’s the determination you expect from an Aussie.

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