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 2019 Golden Wattle Award winners - Ash Barty and Dylan Alcott

Ashleigh Barty and Dylan Alcott are joint winners of the 2019 Golden Wattle Award. Ash Barty won the 2019 French Open and became the world’s No. 1 women’s tennis player and Dylan Alcott won the inaugural 2019 Wimbledon Quad Wheelchair Singles title, having earlier won the French and Australian open titles.

Ash Barty wins French open June 2019Dylan Alcott wins Wimbledon quad wheelchair singles final
Ash Barty
Credit
Julien De Rosa/EPA, via Shutterstock
Dylan Alcott
Credit Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP

While both are top tennis players, it is not just their efforts on the tennis court that have won them the coveted Golden Wattle Award. Both Ash and Dylan have displayed great dignity and grace in the way they have handled the attention and fame that comes with their on-court success. Their manner, on and off the court, has won praise around the world and brought great credit to them and Australia. Their demeanour and approach has been both gracious and generous. Ash Barty is a role model for all young Australians, and an inspiration to other young indigenous players. Dylan Alcott has shown amazing resilience and determination in his lifetime effort to overcome his disability and win acceptance in the broader community. Both brought Gold to Australia, the key criteria for the Golden Wattle Award.

2018 Golden Wattle Award winners - Craig Challen & Richard Harris

Craig Challen and Richard Harris, underwater rescuers of the young Thai soccer team, are joint winners of the 2018 Golden Wattle Award.

The contributions of each to the safe rescue of the boys, against all the odds and in the face of great danger, were outstanding examples of Australian skill, commitment and sheer bravery. As the whole world watched and hoped, Richard Harris and Craig Challen went about their task with a cool professionalism that won admiration and appreciation of people around the world. In doing so they brought enormous credit on themselves and Australia.

They brought Gold to Australia, the key criteria for the Golden Wattle Award.

The Golden Wattle Award is conferred each year, at 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.

While Craig and Richard are unassuming heroes, their generosity and bravery as part of an inspiring international co-operation, marked them as outstanding Australians.

The Golden Wattle 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.

Last year the Golden Wattle Award was won by Samuel Johnson and his sister Connie who
subsequently died of cancer. Previous recipients of this award have included Nobel Prize winner
Professor Brian Schmidt, Mick Fanning and colleague Julian Wilson, and Tour de France winner
Cadel Evans.

Richard Harris (left) and Craig Challen (right) 2018

Richard Harris (left) and Craig Challen (right) underwater rescuers of the young Thai soccer team, are joint winners of the 2018 Golden Wattle Award. Photo: Courtesy of Newsmail

 

2017 Golden Wattle Award winners - Samuel and Connie Johnson

Gold Logie winner, Samuel Johnson and his sister, Connie, are joint winners of the 2017 Golden Wattle Award.
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.

The 2017 Golden Wattle Award recognises and honours the wonderful bond between Connie and her brother Samuel and their journey together with Connie’s illness. Their love and care for each other has been a model for all Australians and the way they have shared their fight against Connie’s cancer with the Australian community, raising millions of dollars for research through their Love your Sister organisation, has been extremely generous and inspirational. Their responses, when faced with great personal and family sadness and trauma, have touched the hearts of the Australian people and wonderfully expressed the spirit of the nation. Connie and Samuel Johnson are worthy winners of this year’s Golden Wattle Award.

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.

For more about Samuel and Connie Johnson and their Love your Sister organisation

Courtesy of the Instagram and The New Daily

 Photo: Courtesy of Instagram and The New Daily

2016 Golden Wattle Award winners - Michelle and Steve Payne

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

Steve & 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

 

2015 Golden Wattle Award winners - Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson 

Surfers Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson are joint winners of the 2015 Golden Wattle Award. The award is conferred around the time of National Wattle Day (1 September) each year by the Wattle Day Association to recognise a person who has brought Gold to Australia through their actions or achievements. In the case of Julian and Mick, the award recognises and honours their courage, mateship and fortitude in their responses to the recent shark attack at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa on 20 July 2015.

 

Julian Wilson (in red) hugs Mick Fanning

 

Julian Wilson (in red) hugs Mick Fanning, who was attacked by a shark
during the final of the J-Bay Open at on 20 July 2015. Photo: World Surf League/Kirstin Scholtz

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 have included 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).

 

2014 Golden Wattle Award winner - VC winner Ben Roberts-Smith

VC winner Ben Roberts-Smith is the 2014 recipient of the Golden Wattle Award.

President of the Wattle Day Association, Terry Fewtrell, says that “Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith is an outstanding young Australian who has brought honour to our nation, not just by his efforts on the battlefield, but also in the work that he has done since in support of the White Cloud Foundation to help increase resources and improve access to support for people, families and carers who live with depression in Australia. He is a very worthy winner of the Golden Wattle Award”.

Ben Roberts-Smith

Melissa Irons, Community Activist from Tasmania

2013 Golden Wattle Award Winner

Mel was recognised for her ground breaking work using social media to co-ordinate vital assistance and pass on vital information during the fires and the recovery period on the Tasman Peninsula in January 2013.

Melissa irons

 

Professor Brian P. Schmidt
2012 Golden Wattle Award Winner

In accepting this honorary award, Brian Schmidt said, "I hope that I can continue to use the notoriety of the Nobel Prize to remind Australians how important Science and Education  is for our country's future prosperity - you never know what you might achieve if you have patience and persistence with the backing of a good education".

Brian Schmidt

 Photo: Courtesy of The Australian National University

 

Cadel Evans

2011 Golden Wattle Award Winner

In 2011 Cadel Evans, winner of the Tour de France that year, became the first winner of the Golden Wattle Award.

As cyclist Cadel Evans rode toward his ‘Cadelebration’ in Federation Square at Melbourne following his success in Le Tour de France 2011, he carried a small bunch of wattle on his handlebars. Photography by Mal Fairclough

 Photography by Mal Fairclough

As cyclist Cadel Evans rode toward his ‘Cadelebration’ in Federation Square at Melbourne following his success in Le Tour de France 2011, he carried a small bunch of wattle on his handlebars.