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Anna Meares named Women's Health magazine sports woman of the year, Jacqueline Freney wins PM's female sport award

Posted Dec 05 2012 1:38am

CYCLIST Anna Meares has trumped fellow Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson to win the Women's Health magazine sports woman of the year award.

But Pearson's hurdles victory at the London Olympics was voted ahead of Meares' cycling sprint gold medal as the moment of year.

The Women's Health I Support Women In Sport awards were announced on Tuesday night in Sydney with Meares saying she was "blown away'' to win sports woman of the year.

"It shows me that I have been able to reach so many people through both my actions and my words and by doing that I know I have done a good job,'' she said.

Netball's Melbourne Vixens won the A-Team of the year award while basketballer Lauren Jackson was acclaimed with the Leadership Legend gong.

Pearson's 100m hurdles win at the London Olympics was voted moment of the year, with eight-time Paralympic gold medallist Jacqueline Freney winning the prime minister's woman in sport award.

Freney, one of Australia's most successful Paralympians, was awarded the Prime Minister's women in sport award on Tuesday night at an Australian Women's Health ceremony in Sydney.

The 20-year-old Queenslander's gold medal haul numbered eight, one for every event she competed in London.

Two of the performances were under world record time.

Freney also created Paralympic history beating Siobhan Paton's record of six gold at the Sydney Games. Sports Minister Kate Lundy presented the award to Freney, on behalf of the Prime Minister.

Freney is the first recipient of the award since 1996 after the Gillard government reinstated the award earlier this year.

Last month Freney took out the 2012 Australian Paralympian of the Year Award.


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