Vision-impaired athlete Robbie Vogt has been named 2013 Sporting Wheelie of the Year at Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association’s Annual Awards presentation dinner in Brisbane tonight.
Robbie is the first goalball player in 20 years to win the prestigious award. The captain of the Australian men’s goalball team was recognised for sporting excellence as well as his contribution as a coach and administrator.
Robbie was unable to attend the dinner due to competition commitments overseas, but in a filmed message to the audience he said the win was “a massive honour.”
“In the 20-something years that I’ve been playing goalball, really all I’ve been doing is seeing what needed to be done and doing the best that I can,” he said.
“Goalball is a team game, and as much as this is a personal award, it really reflects on my team mates and the goalball community in Queensland.”
Robbie also thanked the Association for supporting his sport, saying he was “keenly aware that without their continued support, goalball in Queensland would probably not exist.”
Last year’s Sporting Wheelie of the Year Brenden Hall (pictured below right) claimed back-to-back Senior Male Athlete of the Year awards for his world record performances in the pool. Fellow London Paralympian Carlee Beattie (below left) was named Senior Female Athlete of the Year following her world record-breaking long jump results during the year.
Junior Development Program members Rheed McCracken and Kobie Donovan won the Junior Male and Junior Female Athlete of the Year awards for outstanding international performances, and national champion wheelchair rugby team, the Suncorp Queensland Cyclones, was named Team of the Year.
Sporting Wheelie of the Year
Senior Male Athlete of the Year
Senior Female Athlete of the Year
Team of the Year
Suncorp Queensland Cyclones
Junior Male Athlete of the Year
Junior Female Athlete of the Year
Most Improved Athlete of the Year
Coach of the Year
Rick Van Der Zant
Official of the Year
Inclusive Services Award
Allclear Print and Signs Gym Award
Col and Peter Marsh Volunteer of the Year
Paul Bodington Media Award
Quest Community Newspapers
2013 Sporting Wheelie of the Year Robbie Vogt in action.
For further pictures from the evening please click here.