MICHAELA BREEZES TO OLYMPIC ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD
16 Jan 2008
Welsh weightlifting star Michaela Breeze has been named among the British Olympic Association's (BOA) athletes of the year.
Introduced in 2005, to mark the BOA’s Centenary Year and the awarding of the 2012 Olympic Games to London, the BOA presented a trophy to each of the 35 Olympic Governing Bodies for them to award on an annual basis to their top Olympic Athlete.
Breeze, 29 competed at the Athens Olympics in 2004 where she went on to finish ninth in the 58kg category, equalling her British record.
At the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, she secured Wales’ first gold medal in the 63kg women’s weightlifting event.
She broke the Games record by lifting a 100kg weight in the Snatch competition – a weight she had never lifted before in her life. Not even in training. She amassed anther Games record in the overall score which secured the top podium position.
Winners of the Olympic awards were also invited to celebrate their achievements at the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
BOA Chief Executive Simon Clegg: "The presentation of these trophies recognises the drive, determination and commitment of athletes across all of our Olympic sports as they strive to achieve their goals in the international sporting arena. The BOA hopes to welcome as many of these athletes as possible in to Team GB in the coming Olympiads."
To mark outstanding performances in 2007 the following athletes have been awarded this trophy:
Archery - Naomi Folkard
Athletics - Nicola Sanders
Badminton - Nathan Robertson & Gail Emms
Baseball - Brant Ust
Basketball - Luol Deng
Biathlon - Kevin Kane
Bobsleigh - Lee Johnston
Boxing - Frankie Gavin
Canoeing - Tim Brabants
Curling - Kelly Wood
Cycling - Victoria Pendleton
Equestrian - Mary King
Fencing - Jon Willis
Gymnastics - Louis Smith
Handball - Lynn McCafferty
Hockey - Kate Walsh
Ice Hockey - Robert Dowd
Ice Skating – Jon Eley
Judo - Euan Burton
Luge - Mark Hatton
Modern Pentathlon - Katy Livingston
Rowing - Steve Williams, Andy Triggs Hodge, Alex Partridge & Peter Reid
Sailing - Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb & Pippa Wilson
Shooting - Charlotte Kerwood
Ski & Snowboarding - Zoe Gillings
Softball - Katy Wilkins
Swimming - Cassie Patten
Table Tennis - Paul Drinkhall
Taekwondo - Aaron Cook
Tennis - Andy Murray
Triathlon - Hollie Avil
Volleyball - Lucy Boulton
Weightlifting - Michaela Breeze
For more information contact Miriam Wilkens or Becki Middleton in the BOA media office on ext 227 or 215.