The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Don Award nominees have been announced for 2015.
The prestigious award is named after cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman and is given to the athlete who has most inspired the nation with their example and achievements over the past year.
Nominations for this year’s award reach across a broad spectrum of sports, with both teams and individuals being honoured for their triumphs.
Golfer Jason Day has been nominated after overcoming a bout of vertigo to win his first major PGA tournament and claim the No 1 world ranking. Surfers Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson have been nominated after their shark encounter during the J-Bay Open final, as well as Sally Fitzgibbons who won the Fiji Pro despite suffering a perforated eardrum in the early rounds of competition.
Jarryd Hayne’s inspiring transfer into the NFL has earned a nomination, as well as wheelchair athlete Kurt Fearnley after winning his fifth New York marathon.
Swimmer Emily Seebohm, cyclist Anna Meares, and surf life saver Shannon Eckstein, have all been nominated following respective world championship victories, with the Diamonds, Socceroos and ODI cricket team also earning nominations.
The twelve nominees will be reduced to four finalists before the awards ceremony in October. – Jackson Barron
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