Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific champion Cate Campbell has added to her list of accolades for 2014, taking home three major individual awards.
She was crowned Swimmer’s Swimmer, Georgina Hope Foundation Olympic Program Swimmer of the Year and overall Swimmer of the Year at the 2014 Swimmer of the Year Award Ceremony at Brisbane City Hall in Queensland tonight.
The Simon Cusack coached star was also presented with the Speedo Golden Moment award along with her 4x100m freestyle relay teammates; sister Bronte Campbell, Melanie Wright (nee Schlanger) and Emma McKeon, from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games that broke the world record, eclipsing the previous world best set by the Netherlands in 2009 by almost a second.
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Local girl Melanie Wright – formerly known as Melanie Schlanger – recently married fellow swimming champion Chris Wright.
22-year-old Campbell continued to reign supreme in the sprint events at the major international competitions this year and currently holds the fastest time in the world for 2014 in the 100m freestyle (52.62 – set at the 2014 Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Championships) and equal fastest time for the 50m freestyle (23.96 – set at the 2014 Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Championships).
This is the second consecutive year that Campbell has won the coveted Swimmer of the Year award after taking out the 2013 title in Perth at a ceremony in February.
Campbell kick started her year when she took out the title of female swimmer of the meet at the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series in Perth and then went on to win two national titles in the 50 and 100m freestyle at the Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane.
After making her Australian Swim team debut six years ago at the age of 16, Campbell has gone from strength to strength and announced herself as one of the world’s premier female freestyle sprinters.
Campbell has won seven international gold medals this year taking gold in the 100m freestyle, the 4x100m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay events at both the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Championships on the Gold Coast as well as gold in the 50m freestyle at the Pan Pacs and silver in the same event at the Commonwealth Games.
The Brisbane based swimmer was not only awarded the Olympic Program and overall Swimmer of the Year award but was also recognised by her peers with the Swimmer’s Swimmer award – voted for by each swimmer on the Australian Swim team.
Her long-time coach and mentor Simon Cusack was awarded Coach of the Year after playing an integral role in Christian Sprenger, Tommaso D’Orsogna, Bronte and Cate Campbell’s success on the international stage this year. All four swimmers won individual medals at the Commonwealth Games with D’Orsogna, Cate and Bronte also taking home medals at the Hancock Prospecting Pan Pacific Championships.
Other award recipients on the night included the Georgina Hope Foundation Open Water Swimmer of the Year Jarrod Poort and Paralympic Program Swimmer of the Year Grant Patterson.