Sailing duo finalists in AIS Awards

Sailing duo finalists in AIS Awards

Australian sailors Tom Burton and Matthew Wearn will go head-to-head for the Male Athlete of the Year honour after the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) confirmed the list of finalists with two weeks to go until the AIS Sport Performance Awards (ASPAs). The awards recognise the outstanding sporting achievements from the previous 12-months with the winners to be announced at a black-tie function at The Star, Sydney, on Tuesday 10 December 2019.

Finalists for Male Athlete of the Year are:

>Tom Burton (Sailing)
>Kyle Chalmers (Swimming)
>Rohan Dennis (Cycling)
>Scotty James (Snowboard)
>Matthew Wearn (Sailing)
>Aran Zalewski (Hockey)

Tom Burton continues to have a dominant presence in the Laser class and is currently ranked world number one. In the build-up to the Tokyo Games, Tom was consistently placed on the podium highlighted by his victories at the Laser Men’s World Championship in Japan and at the Oceania and Australian Laser Championships in Tasmania. He was also runner-up at the Ready, Steady Tokyo Olympic Test event in August.

Matthew Wearn experienced another highly successful year on the world Laser sailing circuit including podium finishes at nearly all major international regattas. He finished the season with victories in the Laser Europeans in Porto and the Europa Cup in Hyeres and was runner-up at the Sailing World Cup and World Laser Championships in Japan.

Finalists for Female Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, Male Para-athlete of the Year, Athlete Community Engagement, Team of the Year and High Performance Program of the Year have already been revealed with categories still to be announced including Emerging Athlete of the Year and Leadership Award.

The AIS, in partnership with ABC Grandstand, has also launched a public vote to determine the ABC Sport Personality of the Year and Best Sporting Moment of the past 12 months.

ABC Grandstand is the media partner for the AIS Sport Performance Awards and Australians can vote at aisawards.abc.net.au from now until 5pm AEDT on 5 December, 2019.

Pictured: Tom and Mathew. Photos Facebook