Lauren Parker has been nominated for two awards at the 2023 AIS Sport Performance Awards (ASPAs).
The ASPAs are the country’s only national awards that celebrate the best and brightest across both able and para sport.
Parker has been nominated for the “Female Para-Athlete of the Year,” a category that celebrates outstanding achievements by a female para-athlete both in sport and beyond the realm of sporting performances.
In addition, she is also in the running for the “Performance of the Year” award. This category acknowledges the quality of sporting performances in 2023, whether by an individual or a team.
With many of the 2023 nominees likely to feature prominently in the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Parker’s nominations position her as one of the standout athletes in Australia.
The 34-year-old had a remarkable season, both in para-triathlon and para-cycling.
Her unbeaten para-triathlon international season, crowned by a fourth consecutive World Championship title, underscores her current dominance.
While in para-cycling, she continued to build on her remarkable career becoming a World Champion in a second sport – winning hand-cycling gold in the H3 individual time trial at the UCI World Championships in August.
This recognition from the AIS follows closely on the heels of Parker being awarded the Sport NSW Athlete of the Year with a Disability for the fourth time.
The last triathlete to claim victory at the ASPAs was Emma Moffatt in 2009, winning the coveted Athlete of the Year award.
The ASPAs winners will be announced in Melbourne on November 29.
For more infomation on the 2023 ASPAs, please visit: www.sportaus.gov.au/