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Caitlin Bassett and Melissa Hoskins Joint Winners of Wais Athlete of the Year Award

Caitlin Bassett and Melissa Hoskins were announced as joint winners of the prestigious WAIS Athlete of the Year award on Saturday night.

It’s only the second time the top award has been shared, after Steve Hooker and Elise Rechichi/Tessa Parkinson took out the prestigious title in 2007/08.

West Coast Fever goalshooter Bassett becomes the first netballer to win the award, while Hoskins is the first female cyclist to claim the honour.

She joins other cycling greats Robert Waller (85/86), Darryn Hill (95/96 and again in 96/97), Peter Dawson (01/02 and again 02/03), Ryan Bayley (03/04) and Cameron Meyer in 08/09 and again in 11/12.

Bassett shot an incredible 48 goals at 94 per cent accuracy as the Australian Diamonds celebrated a third stragiht World Cup triumph with a win over New Zealand in the final in Sydney.

Bassett was also instrumental as the West Coast Fever earned a first finals appearance in the ANZ Championship.

Hoskins helped Australia to a drought-breaking gold medal success in the women’s team pursuit at the 2015 UCI Track World Championships in France.

Australia smashed the world record and secured bragging rights over arch-rivals Great Britain in claiming the coveted rainbow jersey.



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