Several UWA club members were big winners at the 2019 WAIS Annual Awards of Excellence, held at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Thursday 14 November 2019.
UWA West Coast Swimmer Brianna Throssell was crowned WAIS Athlete of the Year, ahead of previous winners Matt Wearn and Sam Welsford, in a strong pool of nominees.
The Commonwealth Games gold medallist was fully deserving of the award, with 2019 one of her strongest years yet.
The freestyle and butterfly swimmer made WA swimming history, becoming the first Western Australian to win two gold medals in swimming at a single World Championships, with four medals included a World Record in the 4 x 200m relay.
A few weeks ago Brianna also collected her thirds successive ‘Swimmer of the Year’ award at the UWA-West Coast annual trophy day.
UWA Boat Club member Bronwyn Cox was also recognised, named WAIS Young Athlete of the Year for the second time.
After being named joint winner with Annabelle McIntyre two years ago, Bronwyn was once again nominated following an outstanding year on the water.
The 22-year-old made her senior debut, helping Australia to silver at the World Championships, improving from their bronze medals 12 months earlier.
Bronwyn also won gold and silver medals at the World Cup to cap off a breakthrough year.
In October, Bronwyn was recognised with a Club Letter at the UWA Sports Awards, for both her outstanding performances as well as her commitment to the culture and development of UWA Boat Club.
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