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Alicia Coutts wins 2010 Australian swimmer of the year award

11-24-2010 10:39 BJT

CANBERRA, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Five-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Alicia Coutts has won the 2010 Australian swimmer of the year award at the sport's national awards ceremony in Melbourne, local media reported on Tuesday.

Last month, Coutts has won gold in the 200m individual medley, 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 4x100m medley and freestyle relays at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi of India.

According to Australia Associated Press, as a key contributor to Australia's 22 gold medals and 54 overall in Delhi, Coutts will continue to train at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) under her coach John Fowlie, who was named Coach of the Year, in the lead up to next year's World Championships in Shanghai of China and the London 2012 Olympics in Britain.

Meanwhile, Australian swimmer Geoff Huegill also named swimmer of the year at the sport's national awards ceremony in Melbourne on Monday night.

Huegill retired in 2006, but shed 45 kilograms and returned to clinch a gold medal in the 100 meters butterfly at the Delhi Games in a career best time.

The 31-year-old was also awarded the Speedo Golden Moment and Telstra People's Choice award, voted for by more than 8,000 fans.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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