Olympian Hannah Buckling and Aussie Sharks Lachlan Hollis have been named finalists as part of the 2017 NSW Institute of Sport Awards.

On the back her Olympic selection in 2016, Buckling has gone on to represent the Aussie Stingers at FINA World Championships with Lachlan Hollis forming a formidable part of the Aussie Sharks gold medal at the FINA Intercontinental Tournament as well as part of the team at the World Championships.

Buckling is a finalist in The University of Sydney Academic Excellence Award, with the 25 year old managing her studies in Medicine combined with Club and Australian representative Water Polo.

Hollis returned to full health and international water polo after overcoming a rare form of testicular cancer, joining the Australian men’s water polo team as they finished seventh at the world championships.

The esteemed annual awards will be presented at a gala celebration at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 16th November, with the best sporting talent from across Australia in attendance. The awards recognise and honour the achievements of NSWIS athletes, coaches and sport programs across eight categories.

NSWIS CEO Kevin Thompson is excited about his first NSWIS Awards ceremony.

“The finalists for the 2017 NSWIS Awards demonstrate the depth of talent we have amongst our athletes, coaches and sport programs here at the NSW Institute of Sport” he said.

“We are all looking forward to celebrating the many highlights from the past 12 months at the awards dinner on 16 November.”

You can register to attend the awards here.


NSWIS Awards 2017 Finalists

Ian Thorpe OAM Outstanding Achievement presented by Ryde Toyota

Name Sport
Jack Hargreaves, Josh Hicks & Spencer Turrin Rowing
Lachlan Hollis Water Polo
Kaarle McCulloch Cycling
Declan Stacey Diving
Murray Stewart Canoe Sprint
Melissa Wu Diving

The University of Sydney Academic Excellence Award

Name Sport
Angus Armstrong Athletics
Hannah Buckling Water Polo
Holly Crawford Winter Sports
Noemie Fox Canoe Sprint
Harriet Hudson Rowing
Simon McTavish Canoe Sprint