The WA Institute of Sport have named their finalists for the 2017 Awards, with Aussie Sharks featuring in two of the prestigious categories.
Aussie Sharks Captain and dual Olympian Aaron Younger, has been named one of 10 finalists in the ‘Athlete of the Year’ categories, recognising elite performances at benchmark competition over the past 12 months.
Younger captained the Australian team at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest and was one of six Western Australian athletes on the team.
In May 2017, Younger also became the first Australian water polo athlete to be part of a title-winning Champions League team, after his Hungarian side Szolnok defeated Jug Dubrovnik in the final.
His fellow team mate, rising star Tim Putt, has been named one of eight finalists in the WAIS Junior Athlete of the Year.
Putt was one of the young guns who featured in the Aussie Sharks line up at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest.
He seized his opportunity to represent Australia with a series of composed performances defying his tender years. The 18 year-old went on to captain Australia’s junior team at the Junior World Championships in Serbia in August.