SURFER Tyler Wright’s come back from a potentially season-ending knee injury to win a second world crown and Sally Pearson’s comeback to win the next domain has observed the pair make the shortlist for the prestigious Laureus world sports awards.
Wright’s astonishing world title win with a brace in her knee at Hawaii at December has seen her become one of only two Australians to make the shortlist cut for its yearly awards.
It is also the second straight nomination for Wright who has earned praise from seven-time world champion Layne Beachley.
“I have as much respect for her,” stated Beachley, winner of the 2004 Action Sportsperson of the Year.
“In 2016 she showed tremendous maturity and tenacity to maintain that her maiden world title regardless of the worries of helping her brother recover from head injuries after a surfing accident in Hawaii.
“2017 saw her defeat a severe knee injury which had the potential to end her season and title effort. That’therefore determination you expect from an Aussie. ”
Pearson is at the Comeback of the Year group which also includes the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense back in action following the tragic plane crash, Roger Federer, FC Barcelona, Justin Gatlin and MotoGP racer Valentino Rossi.
Wright is famous for its World Action Award with guys’s surfing world champion John John Florence, skateboarder Nyjah Huston, French sailor Armel Le Cléac’h and snowboarders Anna Gasser and Mark McMorris.
The winners will be named at a gala function in Monaco at February.
Distance runner Mo Farah, F1’therefore Lewis Hamilton, cyclist Chris Froome, tennis star Rafael Nadal, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Federer have been nominated for Sportsman of the Year.
Americans Allyson Felix (monitor), Katie Ledecky (swimming), Mikaela Shiffrin (ski) and Serena Williams (tennis) have been in contention for the Sportswoman of the Year award with Southern African runner Caster Semenya and Spanish tennis ace Garbine Muguruza.