Legendary surfer Layne Beachley was inducted into the hall of fame at the annual I Support Women in Sport awards overnight.
The night consisted of the best Australian female athletes gathering to celebrate this year’s success at Carriageworks in Sydney.
The moment of the year award went to Chloe Esposito for her gold medal performance in the modern Olympic pentathlon. She had a dominant performance in the last event of the 3200-metre run and pistol shooting. Esposito won Australia’s first ever medal in the event at Rio.
Jockey Michelle Payne took out the readers choice award for the moment of the year and the outstanding woman in sports award. Payne was rewarded for being the first ever female jockey in the Melbourne Cup.
The team of the year went to the Australian Rugby sevens side for their gold medal performance at the Olympics winning the first gold medal for the women’s event.
The sportswoman of the year award was given to Kim Brennan for winning her first gold medal after competing for eight years in the single scull rowing event. – James Wardell
Other winners include:
Fair fighter award: Ruan Sims and Liesl Tesch
Leadership legend: Anna Meares
Local Heroine: Josie Janz-Dawson
One to watch: Ella Nelson
Person of sporting influence: Moya Dodd
Photo of Layne Beachley being announced as a new Hall of Famer from Layne Beachley’s Twitter feed.