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Introducing Our Women In Sport Award Nominees for 2017

Now in their seventh year, the prestigious Women’s Health Women in Sport Awards recognise and celebrate Australia’s female athletes – from grassroots through to elite professional level – and their achievements over the past 12 months.


This year, more than 30 talented, dedicated and passionate Australian sportswomen are being honoured as nominees across nine award categories, and Women’s Health is calling on the Australian public to decide on who they feel deserves the top gong in one of those categories – Moment of the Year.

“It’s been an incredible year in Australian women’s sport, with so many highlights: from the history-making launch of AFL Women’s, to the Big Bash League and the Super Netball. I’m so excited to bring these achievements to the fore, and celebrate so many amazing women across a diverse range of disciplines. WinS was created to shine a light on our amazingly talented homegrown female athletes, and I look forward to toasting their successes at our Awards night next month.”

The 2017 Women’s Health Women in Sport nominees revealed:


The absolute best of the best: The most outstanding sports performer over the past year.

  • Sam Kerr, soccer
  • Sally Pearson, hurdles
  • Britt Cox, mogul skiing
  • Isis Holt, para-athlete
  • Emma Mckeon, swimming
  • Rhiannan Iffland, high diving


An awesome bunch of female athletes who’ve kicked some serious butt in the sporting world.

  • The Matildas, soccer
  • Adelaide Crows, AFL
  • Sunshine Coast Lightning, netball
  • Sydney Sixers, cricket
  • Aussie Stingers, water polo


The all-time best female sporting moment that sent social media into a frenzy. As voted by the Australian public, voting is now open. 

  • Molly Taylor, rally car driving
  • The Matildas, soccer
  • AFLW inaugural game
  • Tia-Clair Toomey, crossfit
  • Emily Seebohm, swimming
  • Madison de Rozario, para-athlete


This woman has shown top leadership skills while skippering a team to success.

  • Bec Goddard, senior coach, Adelaide Crows
  • Rowie Webster, captain, Aussie Stingers
  • Ellyse Perry, captain, Sydney Sixers
  • Caitlin Bassett, Sunshine Coast Lightning
  • Daisy Pearce, captain, Melbourne FC, Darebin Falcons, AFLW Victorian State of Origin team


We salute the grassroots greatest – this woman competes and gives back to her sport at a local level. It’s time to give her some recognition.

  • Jaymee Birleson, soccer
  • Mardi Aplin, netball
  • Assmaah Helal, soccer
  • Mariella Teuira, sporting club


You might not have heard of this rising star, but you’re going to be hearing a whole lot more.

  • Emma Kearney, AFL and cricket
  • Joany Badenhorst, para-snowboard
  • Sam Poolman, netball
  • Ashleigh Gardner, cricket
  • Sam Bremner, rugby league

Also celebrated on the night will be the Australian Federal Government choice for Outstanding Woman in Sport, a Person of Sporting Influence and, for the third consecutive year, Women’s Health will induct a remarkable and well-respected former Aussie athlete into the Hall of Fame – an honour formerly given to Susie O’Neil (2015) and Layne Beachley (2016).

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