Sally Pearson. Photo: Steve Christo
SALLY Pearson is familiar with predictable victories, but being the only Olympic gold medallist in her sport and the reigning world female athlete of the year, it was unfathomable that she not win the domestic version of the world award.
So, appropriately, the reigning world and Olympic hurdles champion was crowned Australia's female athlete of the year in Melbourne on Thursday night.
The men's winner was slightly more difficult, as both long jumper Mitchell Watt and walker Jared Tallent won silver medals in London. But it was Watt who won the top award, as well as the Eurosport outstanding performance award for winning this year's Diamond League.
Tallent took out the Flame award.
Pearson also won the female Eurosport outstanding performance award for equalling the world lead-time in Paris.
She said the many awards she had won off the track provided valuable recognition.
''At the end of the day it is a really nice thought that not just your sporting organisation is looking out for you as an outstanding athlete, it is the whole of Australia as well, and the different sporting organisations are taking notice of what you have done,'' she said.
Sprinter Steve Solomon who won bronze at the world youth games and made the final of the men's 400 metres at London, won the junior athlete of the year award.
Solomon's coach, Fira Dvoskina, won junior coach of the year, while Pearson's coach, Sharon Hannan, also won senior athlete coach of the year.
Male athlete with a disability was won by Evan O'Hanlon, while Kelly Cartwright won female athlete of the year with a disability.