Anna Meares with her bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.
Anna Meares with her bronze medal at the Rio Olympics. DAVE HUNT

Nod to Meares efforts with nomination

AWARDS: Central Queensland's cycling champion Anna Meares is in the running for The Don Award for 2016.

The former Blackwater local was one of eight nominees - seven individuals and one team - yesterday unveiled by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

The Don is awarded annually to the athlete or team who, through their performance and example over the past year, has most inspired the nation.

Widely regarded as Australia's leading contemporary sporting award, it is named in honour of Australian sporting legend, the late Sir Donald Bradman.

Meares' nomination followed another memorable performance at the Rio Olympic Games.

"Meares inspired her teammates with a stirring address upon selection as team captain and Australian flag bearer at the opening ceremony,” her nomination reads.

"Taking bronze in the keirin, her sixth Olympic medal, Meares became Australia's most successful female cyclist and the only Australian Olympian in any sport to win four medals across four disciplines across four Games.”

The other nominees are Rio gold medallists Kim Brennan (rowing), Kyle Chalmers (swimming) and the Australian women's rugby sevens team, Paralympic gold medallists Dylan Alcott (tennis) and Curtis McGrath (canoeing), Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne and rugby league legend Johnathan Thurston.

The Don, which was last year won by Rockhampton golf product Jason Day, will be presented on October 13 in Melbourne.

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