BEAUDESERT golfer Jason Day has received Australia’s highest sporting honour.
The current World No.1 was bestowed with the 2015 Don Award from the Australian Sports Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Melbourne on Wednesday night.
Day has impressed Australian sports fans with his standout results on the greens this year, but throughout his career has displayed mental toughness, family values and humility.
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The athlete accepted the Don via a video message from his home in Ohio, saying: “I am extremely humbled and honoured to win such a prestigious award like the Don Award.”
“I would also like to congratulate the 11 other nominees, what a fantastic year they have had, all the way from the Socceroos to Mick Fanning punching a bloody shark in the face.”
On hand to accept The Don was Denning Day, Jason’s mother to whom he dedicated the award.
“My mum Denning is here and I couldn’t think of a better person to receive the award,” added Day.
“She has been my biggest supporter and she sacrificed so much for me. For her to give me the start I needed, to hone my skills and get better as a player, put me on a springboard to get to where I really wanted to be which was on the PGA TOUR, playing against the best players in the world.”
“She is a great human being, and once again I just wanted to thank my mum.”
Day joins Gold Coaster Adam Scott as the only two golfers to be handed the honour. Scott received the Don in 2013 after becoming the first Australian to win The Masters.