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Swimmers dominate Sports Performer Awards

Swimmers dominate Sports Performer Awards
November 27, 2008

The Winners of the Sports Performer Awards 2008 have been announced, with swimmers and divers dominating the awards.

Gold medal performances in Beijing's Water Cube during the Olympics and Paralympics appear to have dominated the Australian public who named diver Matthew Mitcham as Sports Performer of the Year, diver Melissa Wu as Young Performer of the Year, Michael Phelps as International Performer of the Year and Paralympic swimmer Matthew Cowdrey as Performer of the Year with a Disability.

In addition, the Women's 4 x 200 metre Relay team received the Team Performance of the Year award.

Hawthorn Football Club coach Alastair Clarkson received the Coach Performance of the Year award.

The awards, presented by The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Colonial First State were voted on by the Australian sporting public. They were announced in Melbourne at a gala function this week that will be broadcast on Channel 9 on Sunday 7th December. 

Image: Matthew Mitcham competing at the 2008 Olympics. 

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