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Barber and Starc take out 2019 Female & Male Athlete of the Year at Athletics Australia Awards

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Doha 2019 World Athletics Championship javelin gold medallist, Kelsey-Lee Barber and Birmingham Diamond League winner, Brandon Starc have headlined the 2019 Athletics Australia Awards, taking out Female and Male Athlete of the Year respectively.

Kelsey-Lee Barber - 2019 Female Athlete of the Year

After becoming the National and Area Javelin Champion then going on to become  first Australian to ever win javelin gold at a global competition, Barber was awarded the 2019 Female Athlete of the Year Award.

And Kelsey-Lee wasn't the only Barber to take home an award, with husband and coach Mike Barber claiming 2019 Coach of the Year.


Brandon Starc - 2019 Male Athlete of the Year

After a stellar 2018, Brandon continued his success in 2019; winning the Birmingham Diamond League, finishing second at the Zurich Diamond League and clearing 2.30m three times in the year including when taking the sixth spot in the high jump final in Doha.

Bendere Oboya - Junior Female Athlete of the Year 

Oboya won the 400m at the 2019 senior national championship, also taking gold the 400m at the Oceania Championships before displaying her prodigious talent in reaching the semi-finals of the 400m in the senior World Championships.


Ashley Moloney - Junior Male Athlete of the Year

At 19 he is hard to be considered a junior athlete because of the stamp he has already made on the world decathlete stage. In 2019 won the Oceania Championships and finished 13th at the 45th Hypo-Meeting (Gotzis).


You can find the full list of award winners HERE

Athletics Australia