It has been a miraculous 2019 for Newcastle Triathlon Club’s Lauren Parker. Less than a month after being awarded “Comeback of the Year” at the ninth annual Women’s Health Women In Sport Awards, the recently crowned paratriathlon world champion (PTWC) was presented the Ian Thorpe AM Outstanding Achievement Award by the NSW Institute of Sport at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on Thursday.
The award presented by Ryde Toyota is named after NSWIS Most Outstanding member and Australian sporting royalty Ian Thorpe, and recognises the achievements of athletes who have overcome significant challenges to achieve exceptional sporting success.
Parker, herself a NSW Institute of Sport scholarship holder, was involved in a freak training accident in 2017 that saw her paralysed from the waist down.
Past winners of the award include inspirational basketballer Jeremy Doyle, sailor Liesl Tesch and Matthew Abood.
This is the second straight win for Parker, who was awarded the honour last year after returning from a myriad of horrific injuries to qualify, compete and win bronze at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Parker immediately expressed her gratitude on social media following the ceremony.
“A great honour to win this award tonight, named after one of my heroes Ian Thorpe,” she posted on Facebook. “Huge thanks to NSW Institute of Sport for the ongoing support and recognition with this award. And of course thanks to all my team who have helped to make things like this happen. Congratulations to all of the award nominees and winners at this year’s #NSWISAwards."
Other finalists included swimmers Bronte Campbell OAM, Tiffany Thomas Kane OAM and Jon Bell, as well as water polo player Lea Yanitsas.
For more information on joining or renewing your membership with Triathlon Australia, please click here: https://bit.ly/1w4kowCn