24 February 2016
Wallabies flanker David Pocock has added another trophy to his impressive cabinet after being named the ABC Sports Personality of the Year at the AIS Sport Performance Awards (ASPAs) in Sydney.
The award was put to a public vote and Pocock came out on top in a strong field of 15 finalists.
“To be mentioned in the same light as Kurt Fearnley, (last year’s winner), is a bit of a thrill. I am a huge fan of what he has done and who he is,” Pocock said.
Pocock’s remarkable form in 2015 came after losing almost two years to two serious knee injuries.
“It felt like a long time on the sidelines. The goal at the start of the season was to enjoy my rugby and hopefully see small improvements as the year went on.”
He returned to competition as one of the world’s finest rugby player, starring in the Wallabies world cup bid that took the team to the final against the All Blacks.
Pocock is known for the passion he shows both on and off the rugby field and his leadership on a number of social justice issues has contributed to the high standing he enjoys with Australian sport fans.
“As sports people we benefit so much from society. I personally feel I have a responsibility to give back to the community other than to entertain.”
The Wallabies were also nominated as a finalist in the Destination NSW Team of the Year.
About 300 of Australia’s sporting personalities gathered for the second annual ASPAs at The Star, Sydney on Wednesday 24 February.
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)