24 February 2016
Jason Day capped off a remarkable year by being named the 2015 AIS Sport Performance Awards (ASPAs) Male Athlete of the Year at a gala awards event at Star City in Sydney.
The boy from Beaudesert’s extraordinary 2015 peaked with his first Major win at the 2015 USPGA Championship making him world No. 1.
Day said he was “honoured” to receive the award.
“2015 was a dream come true for me. Winning a major championship had been a dream of mine since I was 12. So taking out the PGA brought me to tears.”
Day’s 20-under in the PGA was the lowest score in a major and he was only the fifth Australian to win the prestigious tournament.
It was one of five USPGA wins for the year, and he finished in the top 10 in three of the four Majors.
He memorably finished ninth in the U.S. Open having collapsed on the course with vertigo on the second day.
The (ASPAs) recognise Australia’s leading athletes, teams, coaches and administrators by celebrating their outstanding achievements.
About 300 of Australia’s sporting personalities gathered for the second annual ASPAs.
AIS Sport Performance Awards winners
• David Pocock (ABC Sports Personality of the Year) – Public vote
• Australian Diamonds (Destination NSW Team of the Year) – Public vote
• Jason Day (2XU Male Athlete of the Year)
• Emily Seebohm (Berlei Female Athlete of the Year)
• Australian Diamonds, Women’s Team Pursuit, cycling (Gatorade Team of the Year)
• Michelle Payne (Lion, The Complete Dairy Sporting Moment of the Year) – Media vote
• Ben Simmons (Nestle Emerging Athlete of the Year)
• Alistair Donohoe (Dairy Australia Para Performance of the Year)
• Michael Bohl (Melbourne Business School Coach of the Year)
• Mark Anderson (Melbourne Business School Award for Leadership)