Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

28 November 2018

Will Hodgman, Premier

Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Sport and Recreation

Celebrating elite achievement in Tasmanian sport

Congratulations to triathlete Jake Birtwhistle who has been named the 2018 Tasmanian Athlete of the Year.

Jake had an outstanding year winning a gold and silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, a silver medal at the Mixed Relay World Championships and placed third overall in the ITU World Triathlon Series.

Jake was one of a record number of Tasmanian athletes representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games. Our contingent delivered 14 medals, the best ever performance recorded by Tasmanian athletes at a Commonwealth Games.

The Tasmanian Athlete of the Year and the Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame inductees were announced tonight at Blundstone Arena in a combined event to celebrate our State’s sporting excellence.

It was also announced tonight that former Richmond Football Club player, Michael Roach, and record-breaking athlete, Donna MacFarlane, would join 131 other Tasmanians as members of the Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame.

Both athletes represented their state with distinction over a number of years.

Michael is an AFL icon, Richmond premiership player 1980, Coleman medallist (twice) and All-Australian.

Donna, a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist in 2006, made a career comeback after retiring from athletics to raise a family.

The Tasmanian Sporting Hall of Fame honours outstanding Tasmanian sportspeople who have represented our state at the highest level and ensures their achievements receive the recognition they deserve.

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