Debbie Watson Wins Top Award
10 March 2008
Sydney 2000 Water Polo gold medallist Debbie Watson has been honoured by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) winning a Women And Sport award.
She accepted her award in Jordan at the weekend.
Watson played a record 315 international water polo games for Australia and is the only player in history to win Olympic, World Championship and World Cup gold medals.
She is the fifth Australian woman to receive the award from the IOC. Evonne Goolagong-Cawley (Tennis), Lynne Bates (Swimming), Lorraine Landon (Basketball) and Helen Brownlee (Canoeing) are all recipients.
Watson has remained active in the Olympic movement since her retirement and is a committed campaigner for drug free sport. She is a regular presenter of the Live Clean Play Clean drug education program run by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC).
AOC Secretary-General, Craig Phillips, nominated Watson. He said “Debbie has been a role model to young women both in Australia and overseas. Her international career, which spans a remarkable 17 years and her outstanding contribution to Australian sport since have made her an inspiration”.