Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2008 Australian Gymnastics Blog Awards WINNERS!

That's right. Today's the day the gymfans have their piiiiiicniiic!

Without further ado, here are the winners of the inaugral AGBys. Voting has now closed and all votes tabulated, many thanks to all who participated. Let's hope 2009 has an equally, if not more, enthusiastic turnout.

The Major Categories...

Australian Female Gymnast of the Year: Dasha Joura, WA
"Onya!" Honourable Mention: Lauren Mitchell, WA

Australian Male Gymnast of the Year: Tie! Phillippe Rizzo, NSW and Sam Simpson, QLD
"Onya!" Honourable Mention: Prashanth Sellathurai, NSW

Australian Artistic Gymnastics Team of the Year: Beijing Olympics WAG Team
"Onya!" Honourable Mention: DTB Cup delegation (MAG and Wag)

Australian Coach of the Year: Martine George, WAIS
"Onya!" Honourable Mention: John Hart, Waverley Gymnastics Centre

The Minor Categories...

Routine of the Year - Dasha Joura, Floor, National Championships Team Final, which you can view again with an air of , "*sigh* If only..." here.

"Smile" Moment of the Year - Lauren Mitchell's photo with beam, Olympics team final, which you can see here about 6:20 into the footage.

"Sad" Moment of the Year - Tie. Hollie Dykes' Retirement and Dasha Joura's Beijing Injuries.

Surprise of the Year - Chloe Sims' Utah signing

Sarah Clappers Award for Team Encouragement - Olivia Vivian

Simon Reeve Award for Gymnastics Reporting - Brindabella Interviews Tain Molendijk (Congratulations, Brindy! Dasha's PerthNow column was a *very* close second, so now you can say you've beaten a national champion!)

Brittany Boffo Award for Memorable Gymnastics Mishaps - Daria Joura, Olympics, Bars. "She went to Beijing and all she got was two black eyes..."

Gymsport Athlete/s of the Year - Australian World Championships Senior Trio, Sport Acrobatics

Monique Allen Award for Successful Ex-Gymsporters - Alexandra Croak, Diving/Modelling

LOLgymnast of the Year - Tie! Chloe Sims and Philippe Rizzo.

Congratulations to all the (very deserving) winners and we thank them for a memorable year in Australian gymnastics.

Once again, thanks to everyone for their nominations and feedback. Have a nice new year and see you all in 2009 for a fresh round of gymbloggery!

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