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Hackett breaks new ground with award

By Todd Balym 21/11/2005 10:55:41 PM Comments (0)

Grant Hackett has become the first swimmer to win the triple crown at the Australian Swimmer of the Year awards.

Hackett was on Monday night named the Swimmer of the Year, Swimmers' swimmer of the year and People's choice swimmer of the year.

It is the first time in the 16-year history of the awards that a swimmer has won all three prestigious awards.

It is also the first time Hackett has won the Swimmer of the Year award outright, having shared the prize with Ian Thorpe in 2003.

Adding to Hackett's incredible evening, he also won the distance and middle distance freestyle awards, becoming the first person to win five awards at the ceremony.

But after Hackett's stellar 2005, in which the 25-year-old won three gold medals and broke the 800m freestyle world record at the World Championships in Montreal, few could argue with Monday night's success.

Hackett won the Swimmer of the Year award from fellow world champions and world record holders Leisel Jones, Libby Lenton and Jess Schipper.

"This is the icing on what has been a year of highs in Montreal and a year which has presented itself with yet another challenge," said Hackett.

"The memories of Montreal were awesome, to captain the team and to achieve what I achieved in the pool was something I will never forget.

"To look up into the grandstand and see my Australian team mates all dressed in the green and gold war paint and to see the looks on the faces of my mum and dad; I'm going to cherish that forever.

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