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Chalmers, Brennan take top AIS sport gongs

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016

Rio Olympic gold medal heroes Kyle Chalmers and Kim Brennan have been named athletes of the year at the 2016 AIS Sport Performance Awards.

Chalmers was named the best male athlete for his sensational 100m freestyle swimming triumph.

The 18-year-old's nation-stopping victory was also voted by national media as Australia's best sporting moment of 2016.

Brennan was named female athlete of the year after winning gold at Rio with a commanding performance in the women's single scull rowing.

Australia's standout performers at Rio featured prominently in the awards, with the gold medal-winning women's rugby sevens side named team of the year.

Chloe Esposito, who claimed a stunning underdog gold medal win in the modern pentathlon, was voted by the public as sports personality of the year.

The Western Bulldogs were chosen by the public as team of the year after winning their first AFL premiership in 62 years, while golfer Curtis Luck was named emerging athlete of the year.

The coach of the year award went to Michael Blackburn, who guided Tom Burton to an Olympic gold medal in the men's laser class sailing.

Gary West, the long-time coach of cyclist Anna Meares, won the 'best of the best' award, while the Australian Steelers wheelchair rugby team took out the para performance of the year.

Rio Paralympics chef de mission Kate McLoughlin and canoeist Danielle Woodward were recognised for leadership and service to sport.

AIS SPORTS PERFORMANCE AWARDS:

* Kim Brennan (female athlete of the year)

* Kyle Chalmers (male athlete of the year)

* Australian women's sevens rugby (team of the year)

* Chloe Esposito (sports personality of the year) - public vote

* Western Bulldogs (team of the year) - public vote

* Kyle Chalmers (best sporting moment) - media vote

* Curtis Luck (emerging athlete of the year)

* Michael Blackburn (coach of the year)

* Australian Steelers (para performance of the year)

* Kate McLoughlin (award for leadership)

* Gary West (AIS best of the best)

* Danielle Woodward (service to sport)

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