Melbourne Vixens co-captain Liz Watson has claimed back-to-back MVP honours for the second time in her career, awarded a record-breaking fourth Sharelle McMahon Medal on Sunday night.
Named after club legend Sharelle McMahon in 2014, the medal is the club’s highest individual honour, awarded to the Vixens’ most valuable player each year as voted by the coaching panel.
Watson’s exceptional form and leadership in 2023 was capped off with the award at Sunday night’s celebration, the centre court star polling votes in every single home and away match to win with a total of 62 votes, ahead of runner up Emily Mannix (41 votes).
The win sees Watson overtake Geva Mentor’s record (2012, 2014, 2015) as the recipient of the most MVP awards at the Vixens, her three previous nods coming in 2017, 2018 and 2022.
Sharelle McMahon Medal Votes
Liz Watson – 62 votes
Emily Mannix – 41 votes
Kiera Austin – 29 votes
Mwai Kumwenda – 26 votes
Kate Moloney – 22 votes
Jo Weston – 22 votes
Olivia Lewis – 21 votes
Kate Eddy – 18 votes
Hannah Mundy – 11 votes
Coaches’ Award – Kate Eddy
Kate Eddy received the Coaches’ Award, presented to a player deemed to have shown significant improvement in competition and training and played a valuable role for the team throughout the season, as selected by the coaching staff.
Outstanding Service Award – Kim Gray & Emma Iacovou
Wellbeing lead Kim Gray and physiotherapist Emma Iacovou were named joint winners of the Outstanding Service Award, voted by team staff and athletes, and awarded to those that have significantly contributed to the development of the team, provided great support to athletes and staff across the year and represented the team in line with the Vixens’ values.
Excellence in Sport & Life Award – Kiera Austin
Kiera Austin took out the Excellence in Sport & Life Award, recognising a player deemed to have demonstrated exceptional skills in balancing sport, study and/or work and achieving high standards across all areas as voted by management, coaching and support staff.
Volunteer of the Year – Remy Parker
Remy Parker was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognises the efforts of individuals who contribute outstanding services to support the delivery of Melbourne Vixens home games.
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