Stenson, Chalmers recognised at South Australian Institute of Sport Awards

Jessica Stenson and Kyle Chalmers

Jessica Stenson (athletics) and Kyle Chalmers OAM (swimming) have been recognised at the annual South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) Awards, held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday Night. 


The awards presented recognised SASI’s top athletes, staff and coaches across a range of categories, acknowledging their outstanding contributions and achievements over the past 12 months. 

Chalmers was awarded the Male Athlete of the Year, after securing three gold medals and one silver medal in Birmingham, as well as a Commonwealth Games record as part of the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay. 

Meanwhile Stenson was awarded the Female Athlete of the Year, following her herculean effort to bring home gold for Australia in the Women’s Marathon at the Commonwealth Games. 

“It’s a really special honour to have received the SASI Female Athlete of the Year Award,” Stenson said. 

“Crossing the line and winning that gold medal was a dream come true, but I know it wouldn’t have been possible without the input of so many and from the team at SASI, I really want to thank you all for that special life experience.” 



SASI Director Wes Battams paid tribute to the nominees and finalists, as well as celebrating SASI’s 40th anniversary. 

“On SASI’s night of nights, it’s been fantastic to not only look back on what’s been an incredible 12 months, but also reflect on highlights from the past 40 years!” Bettams said. 

“There are so many extraordinary people that have shaped SASI’s history throughout the past four decades; consistently working to enable South Australia’s elite athletes and coaches to become a greater force on both the national and international sporting stage.” 

“I acknowledge and thank the staff, athletes and coaches that have been part of our journey and committed themselves to achieving sporting excellence.” 

Congratulations to all finalists and winners on their achievements and success.  

2022 SASI Award Winners: 

  • SASI Female Athlete of the Year – Jess Stenson (Athletics) 
  • SASI Male Athlete of the Year – Kyle Chalmers (Swimming) 
  • SASI Para Athlete of the Year – Kaitlyn Schurmann (Para-cycling) 
  • SASI Junior Female Athlete of the Year – Lucy Austin (Netball) 
  • SASI Junior Male Athlete of the Year – Maxwell Liebeknecht and Dylan Stanton (Cycling) 
  • SASI Coach of the Year – Peter Bishop (Swimming) 




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