NSW Women’s Rugby League captain Ruan Sims has capped an incredible year by being crowned a joint winner of the Fair Fighter Award at the Women’s Health magazine’s I Support Women In Sport Awards last night.
Sims led her state to a history-making victory against Queensland in the Women’s Interstate Challenge earlier this year and is one of the Australian Jillaroos’ longest-serving players.
The award recognises athletes who bring true meaning to the title ‘best and fairest,’ as well as excelling in their sport with integrity. Sims received the award alongside Australian Paralympic sailor Liesl Tesch, who secured a second consecutive gold medal in the SKUD18 sailing class at the Rio games last month.
Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne, along with Olympic gold medallists Kim Brennan, Chloe Esposito and the rugby sevens team, were among others honoured.
The I Support Women In Sport Awards is the most significant women’s sports awareness campaign in Australian history, and celebrates female athletes from grassroots to elite competitors whose achievements are often undervalued or unrecognised.