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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Gilmore in Running for Top Gong.


Australia's four-time world surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore has been nominated for another Laureus sports award.

Gilmore, who is currently recovering from a fractured wrist and ligament damage sustained during an assault, is in contention to win the World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award for the second straight year.

The 22-year-old will be up against fellow surfer Kelly Slater, who won his tenth world title in 2010, British BMX star Jamie Bestwick, windsurfer Victor Fernandez, New Zealand's freestyle moto-cross rider Levi Sherwood and US snowboarder Shaun White.

The award will be decided by a panel of 46 sporting greats - including Steve Waugh, Cathy Freeman, Franz Beckenbauer, Martina Navratilova and Jack Nicklaus - and presented at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi on February 7.

Australia's Matt Cowdrey has also been nominated for the World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award, after winning six gold medals at the 2010 world swimming championships in Eindhoven.

Mark Webber's Red Bull Formula One team will battle Spain's FIFA World Cup-winning football team, the All Blacks, Inter Milan, LA Lakers and the European Ryder Cup-winning team for the World Team of the Year Award.

By Foxsports.com.au