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Clark and Kellogg among BOA winners

Clark and Kellogg among BOA winners

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has today announced the full list of recipients of the 2009 Olympic Athlete of the Year trophy - and European champions Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg are the badminton winners.

The award was introduced in 2005, to mark the BOA’s Centenary Year and the success of London being awarded the 2012 Olympic Games.

The BOA presented a trophy to each of the 33 summer and winter Olympic sports for them to award on an annual basis to their top performing athlete of the year.

To mark outstanding performances in 2009, the following athletes have been awarded the BOA Olympic Athlete of the Year trophy:

Aquatics - Gemma Spofforth
Archery - Simon Terry
Athletics - Phillips Idowu
Badminton - Donna Kellogg and Anthony Clark
Basketball - Jo Leedham
Biathlon - Lee Jackson
Bobsleigh - Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke
Boxing - Martin Ward   
Canoeing - Rachel Cawthorn
Cycling - Lizzie Armistead
Curling - Ewan McDonald 
Equestrian - Kristina Cook
Fencing - Richard Kruse
Gymnastics - Beth Tweddle
Hockey - Barry Middleton
Ice Skating - Sinead and John Kerr
Judo - Karina Bryant       
Luge - Adam Rosen
Modern Pentathlon - Heather Fell
Sailing - Paul Goodison     
Shooting - Richard Faulds
Skiing - Chemmy Alcott
Taekwondo - Bianca Walkden
Tennis - Andy Murray
Triathlon - Alistair Brownlee
Volleyball - Lynn Beattie
Weightlifting - Peter Kirkbride
Wrestling - Leon Rattigan

Football, Handball, Ice Hockey, Rowing and Table Tennis are yet to announce their Olympic Athlete of the Year for 2009.

Andy Hunt, BOA Chief Executive:

“Following on from the unprecedented success of Team GB at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, 2009 has seen athletes from many of our Olympic sports raise the bar even higher.

“The award of the Olympic Athlete of the Year trophy recognises the quality, focus and commitment of athletes who represent the very best of British talent in their respective Olympic sports.

“With the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games just around the corner, it is fantastic for British winter sport that we have two World Champions.

“I wish all the BOA Olympic Athlete of the Year award winners the very best as they continue their preparations for Vancouver, London and beyond.”