Snowboarder Torah Bright and aerials skier David Morris took the top award from a final group that included Sochi bronze medallist, Lydia Lassila, World Cup half-pipe crystal globe winner Scotty James and winner of the Lake Louise Snowboard Cross World Cup event, Jarryd Hughes.
Moguls skier Britt Cox, who was also in the running for the senior award after finishing fifth at the Sochi Games, was named Junior Athlete of the Year for a fourth successive time. Britt shared the Junior Athlete of the Year award with her Olympic teammate, Snowboarder, Scotty James who brought home the Halfpipe World Cup Globe.
In a pointer to the rising talent in winter sports, all four finalists for the Junior Snowsport Athlete of the Year - Cox, James, Hughes and alpine skier Greta Small – were in Sochi, with Cox and James already dual Olympians, having also competed in Vancouver in 2010 as 15-year-olds.
Veteran aerialist, Lydia Lassila, who became the first woman to attempt a quadruple twisting triple somersault in competition on her way to winning bronze in Sochi, adding to her gold from Vancouver, was recognised with the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Morris, an AIS scholarship holder, was in attendance to collect his award, while Bright has returned to her Utah base.
“It is a privilege to receive the award that has been won by so many well performed athletes in the past,” Morris said.
“Torah is a legend of winter sports, so to have my name next to hers on the honour board is fantastic.
“It’s great to receive the recognition for doing my job. I managed to pull it off on the day, win the medal, and now this is another of the rewards.
“There are so many people who contributed to my success and this award is also recognition for all the work and the contribution they have made over many years.”
It is the first time that Morris has been named Snowsport Athlete of the Year, while Bright also took the honour after winning Olympic gold in Vancouver in 2010.
Morris’ coach, Cord Spero, took the Coach of the Year award.
Other award recipients named at the gala function in Melbourne were:
- Rising Star – Emily Arthur (snowboard)
- Development Coach – Jarrod Wouters (snowboard)
- Snowsports School of the Year – The Scots College
- Outstanding Achievement of the Year for Small Schools – Manly Village Public School.