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World champion female kayaker takes out 2017 QAS Peter Lacey Award for Sporting Excellence

4 December 2017

Alyce Burnett, the 2017 winner of the QAS Peter Lacey Award for Sporting Excellence.

Alyce Burnett, the 2017 winner of the QAS Peter Lacey Award for Sporting Excellence.

Gold Coast kayaker Alyce Burnett was named the 2017 Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) Peter Lacey Award for Sporting Excellence recipient.

QAS Board Chair Bronwyn Thompson announced the World Champion as the winner at the 23rd Annual Queensland Sport Awards ceremony held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 30 November.

Ms Thompson said Burnett continued to serve as an excellent ambassador for her sport through her commitment to the community, while still achieving excellence on the international stage.

“Alyce is an incredible athlete and the current women’s K1 1000m world champion and reflects the same qualities and values which the late Peter Lacey was so well-known and respected for.”

Ms Thompson said the Peter Lacey Award for Sporting Excellence was named after the surf lifesaving legend, who amassed 14 World Championships.

“Alyce joins a remarkable team of Queensland athletes who have won this award.

“A list that comprises a Queensland sporting who’s who of champions, including the likes of Libby Trickett, Stephanie Rice, Emma Moffatt, Jamie Dwyer, dual winner Sally Pearson, Mat Belcher, Cate Campbell, Mark Knowles and Curtis McGrath,” she said.

QAS Executive Director Bennett King said Alyce was a worthy and deserving recipient of this year’s award.

“While being a surf lifesaver is not part of the award criteria, we know that the family of Peter Lacey would be ecstatic to hear the 2017 trophy is going to an athlete who is an active member of the community he championed,” Mr King said.

“Like last year’s award recipient, fellow kayak athlete, Curtis McGrath, Alyce epitomizes sporting excellence and embodies the spirit, sportsmanship and determination of Peter Lacey.

“This determination is what saw Alyce achieve her breakout, individual, world championship.”

Mr King said there was no higher honour for a QAS athlete and that the seven award nominees each deserved a special mention for their outstanding efforts on the world stage this year.

“Emily Seebohm (swimming), Ken Wallace (canoeing), Curtis McGrath (para canoeing), Mat Belcher & Will Ryan (sailing) and Sally Pearson (athletics) were each nominated for the award having achieved success at the most elite level of sport, while also acting as significant role models for their sport.”

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4 December 2017