Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice was named the ‘Australian Swimmer of the Year’ during an award function in Sydney last night. The ceremony was the perfect culmination of the break Rice has enjoyed after the Beijing Olympics before the National titles will begin.
She now hints that she’ll be trying her talent in other events also.
“It’s going to be great for me to hopefully mix up the schedule a little bit,” she said. “I haven’t talked to ‘Bohlly’(coach) yet as to what the focus will be for world trials, and it depends what the schedule is like and what I can handle, but it’s going to be good for me to pick up some events that I haven’t raced for a while because I was focusing on the medleys.”
Her coach Michael Bohl got the ‘Coach Of The Year’ award.
Stephanie won three gold medals in the 2008 Olympics. While she put tremendous effort in winning the 200-meter and 400-meter individual medleys… she teamed up with Kylie Palmer, Bronte Barratt and Linda MacKenzie to win the 4×200 freestyle relay, while breaking the world record on the course.
She became the sixth female winner of the prestigious Australian award. Other notable award winners include:
Swimmers’ Swimmer of the Year: Grant Hackett
People’s Choice Award: Libby Trickett
Swimming Australia Golden Moment of the Year: Women’s 4x200m freestyle relay – Beijing
Short Course Swimmer of the Year: Felicity Galvez
Open Water Swimmer of the Year: Ky Hurst
More photos and a video of Stephanie Rice are below.
Stephanie Rice Video