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RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year 2015 nominees

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2016 | 1:00 AM
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The Hon Usain St Leo Bolt, OJ, CD - Athletics

 

For his achievement in taking triple gold at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China. Bolt won the 100 metres, 200 metres and anchored the men's 4x100 metres, making it the third time he had taken triple gold at the Championships. Bolt's success came despite losing significant training and competition time to injury, and his victories at the scene of his 2008 Olympic triumphs made him the all-time most decorated male athlete of the Championships with 13 medals - 11 gold and two silver.

 

Alicia Ashley - Boxing

 

For her achievement in regaining the World Boxing Council (WBC) female world super bantamweight title with a 10-round decision over veteran Irish boxer Christina McMahon. In winning the title, Ashley became the oldest female world champion in boxing history. Ashley was the 2014 recipient of the Chairman's Award at the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Gala.

 

Alia Atkinson - Swimming

 

For her achievement in earning a silver medal in the 50 metres breaststroke in a National Record 30.11 seconds and also the bronze medal in the 100 metres breaststroke, both at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, (Long Course). Atkinson also took the bronze medal in the 100 metres breaststroke at the Pan American Games in Toronto and finished the year in fourth place overall in the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup (Short Course). Atkinson is ranked No.3 in the World in the 50 metres breaststroke.