Media Release – 30 Oct 2019

Yvette Berry MLA

Deputy Chief Minister

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development
Minister for Housing and Suburban Development
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister for WomenMember for Ginninderra

30 October 2019

2019 CBR Sport Awards finalists announced

CBR 2019 finalists

Today I announced the finalists for the CBR Sport Awards that recognise outstanding individual and team sporting performances throughout the year.

The finalists are represented across 14 different sports and demonstrate a great passion and drive for their sport. More importantly, the finalists have contributed significantly to Canberra’s local sporting community and make a great impact, not just in Canberra, but nationally and internationally.

Each year, winners receive a unique handmade trophy made at the Canberra Glassworks by local glassmaker Annette Blair. Recognising that 2019 is the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, the trophies will now include a recognition of Country in Ngunnawal language.

The winners in each category will be announced at the Gala event held at the National Arboretum on 29 November 2019 and I would like to congratulate all finalists for their remarkable achievements. The finalists are:

Team of the Year

  • ACT Brumbies
  • Canberra Capitals
  • Canberra Raiders

Athlete of the Year – Women’s Sport

  • Kelsey-Lee Barber (Athletics)
  • Rebecca McConnell (Cross Country Mountain Bike)
  • Laura Peel (Snowsports)

Athlete of the Year – Men’s Sport

  • Christian Lealiifano (Rugby Union)
  • Nathan Lyon (Cricket)
  • Josh Papalii  (Rugby League)


Athlete of the Year – Para Sport

  • Annabelle Lindsay (Basketball)
  • Kathryn Ross (Rowing)
  • Emily Tapp (Triathlon)

Rising Star

  • Kye A’Hern (Downhill Mountain Bike)
  • Isabelle Bourne (Basketball)
  • Zoe Cuthbert (Cross Country Mountain Bike)
  • Karly Roestbakken (Football)
  • Nicholas Taylor (Water Polo)

Outstanding Service to Sport

  • David Bagnall (Rowing)
  • Peter Boden (Athletics)
  • Brian Golledge (Football)
  • Marie Hart (Cricket)
  • John Skene (Swimming)

Tickets to the CBR Sport Awards Night can be purchased from the event website at

Quote attributable to Robyne Houston, Winner of 2018 Outstanding Service to Sport Award:

“I was very surprised to receive an email advising that I was one of three finalists for the 2018 Outstanding Service to Sport Award as I was not aware I had been nominated for this Award.  To be nominated and then be a finalist was overwhelming. To be chosen as the winner of this Award over a number of equally deserving nominees was a huge honour, especially as it was in recognition of something I have loved doing over many years and that is to be involved at all levels of netball.”