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Off of her performance at the 2023 Budapest World Athletics Championships, Australian pole vaulter, Nina Kennedy, has been awarded the Bruce McAvaney Award for Performance of the Year during the Athletics Australia Awards. Kennedy shared the crown with Olympic champion Katie Moon of the US. They both cleared 4.90 metres.
Kennedy was also honoured with the Marjorie Jackson Award for Female Able Bodied Athlete of the Year. During the awards discus thrower Matthew Denny won the John Landy Award for Male Able Bodied Athlete of the Year. He set the Australian record for the second time lin 2023 with a throw of 68.43m to win the Diamond League trophy.
For Kennedy, the gold in Budapest was an improvement from her bronze medal performance during the 2022 Eugene World Athletics Championships. There she vaulted as high as 4.80m. The 25-year-old has also earned gold and bronze at the Commonwealth Games. She is a three-time national champion and four-time Diamond League winner.