Wallabies and Brumbies player David Pocock was awarded Sports Personality of the Year at the AIS Sports Performance Awards overnight.
The awards night is voted on by the Australian public, with a number of awards also being handed out to Australia’s top sporting stars.
Pocock was unable to attend the awards ceremony at Star City Casino, as he remains in Canberra preparing for his sides opening Super Rugby clash with the Hurricanes on Friday.
His future has been in the spotlight recently after he was offered the richest deal in rugby history to take up a contract with English club London Wasps, with his ARU contract finishing at the end of this year.
Golfer Jason Day won Male Athlete of the Year for winning his first major title at the PGA Championships in the USA.
Swimmer Emily Seebohm received Female Athlete of the Year on the back of claiming the 100m and 200m backstroke gold medals at the 2015 World Swimming Championships held in Russia.
The performance of the year was awarded to Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michele Payne, who became the first ever female winner of the cup on the 100-1 shot Prince of Penzance.
Australia’s World Cup winning netball team, the Diamonds, outshone the North Queensland Cowboys and both the men’s and women’s national cricket teams to take out Team of the Year. – James Wardell
Other award winners:
Emerging Athlete of the Year – Ben Simmons (Basketball)
Coach of the Year – Michael Bohl (Swimming)
Para-Performance of the Year – Alistair Donohoe (Para-Cycling)
Award for Leadership – Mark Anderson (Swimming Australia CEO)
Photo of David Pocock from Australian Sport official Twitter page