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The Golden Wattle Award

Michelle Payne and brother Steve win the 2016 Golden Wattle Award

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne and her champion strapper brother, Steve, are joint winners of the 2016 Golden Wattle Award,

The 2016 Golden Wattle Award recognises and honours the shared achievement of Michelle and Steve in winning the 2015 Melbourne Cup. Their spontaneous responses to their against-the-odds victory touched the hearts of the Australian people and caught the spirit of the nation. Truly they gave us a golden moment and are appropriate winners of this year’s Golden Wattle Award.

Stephie & Michelle Payne 3 Nov 2015

Photo: Posted 3 Nov 2015, 3:36pm
Michelle Payne and brother, Stephie, after winning the The Emirates Melbourne Cup on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 3, 2015 in Melbourne.
Getty Images: Robert Cianflone

 

The award is conferred each year, around the time of National Wattle Day (1 September), by the Wattle Day Association to recognise a person(s) who has brought Gold to Australia through their actions or achievements.

Previous recipients of this award are Champion surfers Mick Fanning and colleague Julian Wilson (2015), VC winner Ben Roberts-Smith (2014), Mel Irons a Tasmanian student and community activist (2013), Nobel Prize winner Professor Brian Schmidt (2012) and Tour De France Winner Cadell Evans (2011)

 

What is the Golden Wattle Award?

The award is an honorary recognition of the achievements of an Australian whose contributions in the past 12 months deserve special acknowledgement by Australians.

Determination of the award is based on an outstanding or exceptional contribution to Australia (the land) or the Australian Spirit (the people) in or from any field of endeavour. It recognises the Australian who has brought ‘gold’ to Australia that year.

The Golden Wattle Award winner is announced by the Wattle Day Association each year on 1 September (National Wattle Day)

Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) is Australia’s national floral emblem. The award is presented as part of the Week of the Wattle celebrations around National Wattle Day, celebrated nationally since 1992 on 1 September.

The award is an honorary one, there being no physical prize or monetary component. It does, however, endow the winners with honourable recognition of their work or actions as being noble and expressing the best of the Australian spirit. 

Previous recipients of this award include champion surfers Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson, VC winner Ben Roberts-Smith (2014), Mel Irons a Tasmanian student and community activist (2013), Nobel Prize winner Professor Brian Schmidt (2012) and Tour De France Winner Cadell Evans (2011).