Scott, Fanning in line for Laureus World Sports Awards

TWO Gold Coast athletes have been nominated for prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards.

Golfer Adam Scott is one of six contenders vying for Breakthrough of the Year honours, after he ended Australia’s 77-year US Masters hoodoo with victory at Augusta last April.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports, the Hope Island local is up against Spanish motorcycling sensation Marc Marquez, fellow golfer Justin Rose, the Afghanistan cricket team, pole vault champion Raphael Holzdeppe and Tour de France rookie Nairo Quintana.


While world surfing champion Mick Fanning is up for the Action Sportsperson of the Year, alongside fellow surfers Maya Gabeira and John John Florence.

US snowboarding star Shaun White, Brazilian skateboarder Bob Burnquist and British BMX rider Jamie Bestwick are also in contention.

The biggest prize – World Sportsman of the Year – will be a battle between Marquez, sprinter Usain Bolt, four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel, NBA star LeBron James, British athlete Mo Farah, world No.1 tennis player Rafael Nadal, and goal-scoring machine Cristiano Ronaldo.

While three-time Sportswoman of the Year recipient Serena Williams has once again been nominated in the female category, joining Brisbane Roar and W-League star Nadine Angerer, swimmer Missy Franklin, Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Russian athlete Yelena Isinbayeva and skier Tina Maze of Slovenia.

The winners, chosen by the Academy’s jury of 46 sporting greats, will be announced at a ceremony in Kualar Lumpur on March 26.