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Surfer Wright nominated for Laureus award

AAP logoAAP 11/01/2017

Australia's surfing world champion Tyler Wright has been nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards in the action sportsperson of the year category.

Wright is the only Australian athlete nominated in any of the categories for the 2017 awards, having been acknowledged for her maiden world title in 2016.

The 22-year-old completed one the most dominant campaigns in history with victory in the season-ending Maui Pro in Hawaii.

The win was the Australian's fifth of 2016 - matching the record of former world champion and fellow Australian Stephanie Gilmore, who won the Laureus action sportsperson of the year award in 2010.

In other categories, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, American basketballers Stephen Curry and LeBron James, British runner Mo Farah, British tennis player Andy Murray and Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo have been nominated for sportsman of the year.

In the sportswoman of the year category, Germany's Australian Open tennis champion Angelique Kerber, American gymnast Simone Biles, American runner Allyson Felix, Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson, American swimmer Katie Ledecky and British cyclist Laura Kenny are the nominees.

Fiji's men's rugby sevens team have been nominated for the breakthrough of the year award, while Cleveland Cavaliers NBA basketball team, of which Australian guard Matthew Dellavedova was a part of their championship-winning team, have been nominated for world team of the year.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Monaco on February 14.

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