Amanda Reid named NSW Athlete of the Year With a Disability

Paracyclist Amanda Reid has taken out one of New South Wales’ highest sports awards. 

The Werri Beach athlete received Athlete of the Year With a Disability at the New South Wales Champions of Sport Awards ceremony.

Reid was presented with the award at Rosehill Gardens on Monday, November 27.

Attended by the cream of NSW sport, the NSW Sports Awards have, for the first time, been combined with the induction of new entrants into the NSW Hall of Champions in one gala event.

The awards celebrated the achievements of New South Wales athletes, coaches, administrators and organisations.

The inspiring ceremony also saw Warren Birmingham (hockey), Michael Clarke (cricket), Rochelle Gilmour (cycling), Matthew Mitcham (diving) and Matthew Nielsen (basketball) inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions on Monday. 

Olympic swimming great Ian Thorpe was also elevated to Legend status.

Reid became a three-time World Champion when winning the C2 time trial and Scratch Race C2 at the World Paracycling Championships in Los Angeles.

Back on home turf Reid claimed the State and National Champion crown in the C2 time trial and the T2 individual pursuit. 

As an Indigenous athlete, Reid has become an exemplary role model for her community. 

She frequently travels to regional areas to promote the imperative role sport can play in developing a strong culture and desire of self-achievement.

Sports NSW Chairperson, Joseph La Posta, congratulated all nominees, saying their recognition reflects their high standing across NSW sport.

“These widely-celebrated awards have been running for over 20 years and all nominees join a rich history and heritage of elite sports performers who have represented their sport and state in outstanding fashion at the highest level,” Mr La Posta said. 

“Each nominee is a role model within their sport and within their local community and will inspire many more aspiring athletes, officials, administrators and organisation to achieve sporting excellence in the years ahead.” 

Want more from the Kiama Independent? Try these: