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Horrie named 2015 NSWIS Male Athlete of the Year

Three-time World Rowing Champion Erik Horrie added to his 2015 accolades last night when he was named the New South Wales Institute of Sport’s 2015 Male Athlete of the Year. Horrie, who has not lost an international race in the Arms and Shoulders Men’s Single Sculls since London 2012 when he claimed a Paralympic silver medal, received the award at the Sydney Cricket Ground last night (19 November).

Facing competition from Riley Fitzsimmons (Canoe Sprint), Russ Henshaw (Winter Sports), Matthew Levy (Swimming), Lachlan Tame (Canoe Sprint) and fellow Australian Rowing Team member, Cameron Girdlestone, Horrie claimed the top prize of the night to add to his already brimming trophy cabinet.

Horrie, who has also been nominated for World Rowing’s Para-Rowing Athlete of the Year (an award he claimed in 2014), said the award was a nice sweetener to go with his world title.

“This certainly has capped off a very good year for me,” Horrie said.

“It is nice when you are recognised and win these awards. It’s not what you get up for in the mornings, but it’s the icing on the cake to actually be recognised for your results, which I think every athlete wants to get.”

Horrie paid tribute to the team around him that is helping drive a three-year unbeaten run.

“Without the support of the NSWIS and all the staff that work with me I wouldn’t be here today. The move I made to be with NSWIS in 2013 has certainly been the best move as far as my rowing career goes.”

Paralympic rower Erik Horrie acknowledges the audience after accepting his award for Male Athlete of the Year during the 2015 NSWIS Awards at Sydney Cricket Ground on November 19, 2015. (Photo Getty Images for NSWIS)