Rio Olympics medallist Tamsin Cook named WAIS Junior Athlete of the Year

Rio Olympics medallist Tamsin Cook named WAIS Junior Athlete of the Year

CARINE swimmer Tamsin Cook was named WA Institute of Sport (WAIS) Junior Athlete of the Year for the second year last Saturday night.

The Olympic silver medallist, who made her debut in Rio this year, won the award ahead of sailors Annabelle Davies, Hayley Clark and Zoe Thomson, and cyclist Jade Haines.

The 17-year-old described her first Olympics experience as crazy, hard and intense but very rewarding.

“It was more than what I expected,” Cook said.

“The medal is very heavy… I still get it out every now and then.”

Cook was also a finalist for WAIS Athlete of the Year that went to cyclist Sam Welsford.

The 20-year-old is the youngest athlete since Lauren Mitchell in 2011 to earn the title.

Welsford won a Track World Championship title in London last March and was a member of the Australian Team Pursuit squad that won silver in Rio.

Footballer Nathan Fyfe and golfer Curtin Luck shared the Herb Elliot Medal and the WA cricket team that won the Sheffield Shield cricket competition in the 1967-68 season were inducted in to the WAIS Hall of Champions along with basketballer Tully Bevilaqua.

2016 WAIS Winners

Coach of the Year: Michael Palfery (swimming)

Program of the Year: water polo

Personal Excellence Award: Brant Garvey