Tour de France champion Cadel Evans was named Victorian Sportsperson of the Year on Monday during the 2011 Victorian Sport Awards, held at the Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne, Australia.
The 34-year-old was also named Victorian Male Athlete of the Year for the fifth time.
The Sportsperson of the Year award is presented to an athlete who has achieved outstanding performances while making a significant contribution to sport as a leader and role model. As the first Australian to win the Tour de France, Evans rose above an impressive list of athletes, including Australia’s first-ever snowboard world champion, Alex Pullin; basketball star Liz Cambage; and British Amateur Golf Championship winner Bryden Macpherson.
“Evans is the most deserving recipient of the Governor’s Award for the Victorian Sportsperson of the Year,” said Vicsport CEO Mark McAllion. “Cadel not only performed extremely well to become the first-ever Australian to win the Tour de France but the way he has conducted himself since has had a positive impact in the promotion of Victorian sport and cycling.”
VIS head cycling coach Dave Sanders also was honored, being named 2011 Victorian Coach of the Year.