Stab Magazine | Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson win Hall of Fame Award
332 Views

Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson win Hall of Fame Award

Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson have been pipped by record-breaking PGA Championship winning golfer Jason Day for ‘The Don Award’ (named after legendary cricketer Sir Donald Bradman) at the Australian Sports Hall of Fame Induction event. The award is given to the sportsman whose achievements and example most inspired the nation. Day overcame a battle […]

news // Mar 8, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

Mick Fanning and Julian Wilson have been pipped by record-breaking PGA Championship winning golfer Jason Day for ‘The Don Award’ (named after legendary cricketer Sir Donald Bradman) at the Australian Sports Hall of Fame Induction event. The award is given to the sportsman whose achievements and example most inspired the nation. Day overcame a battle with vertigo, even collapsing in the second round of the US Open before finishing in the top 10, and produced one of the greatest seasons in Australian golf history.

He won five times on the US PGA Tour, including a maiden major title in the US PGA Championship at a record 20-under-par and claimed the world number one ranking. He gave a nod to Fanning in his acceptance speech. “I’d like to congratulate the other 11 nominees – what a fantastic year they’ve had. All the way from the Socceroos to Mick Fanning punching a bloody shark in the face, it’s been an amazing year for all the 11 other nominees,” Day said.

Mick and Jules didn’t go home empty handed, however: The pair collected the ‘Spirit of Sport’ award for their bravery in the midst of the Great White shark attack in South Africa.

It’s only the fifth time the award has been activated by the Hall of Fame. The surfers’ mothers, Liz Osborne and Nola Wilson, were on hand to collect the gongs with Mick and Jules in Portugal awaiting the beginning of the Rip Curl Pro, World Tour event.

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

The Final Five Are Now Locked In

But all of them lost in Tahiti on day 3.

Aug 19, 2022

How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 1

What is a professional surfer? Never-before-told stories from within "The Industry."

Aug 19, 2022

Can Anyone Beat Robbo?

The Spartan plays footsies, wildcards go switch & the broadcast sentences us to HOLD limbo…

Aug 18, 2022

The Post-COVID Surf Tourism Boom In The Mentawais

Three business owners detail pandemic struggles and what it's like to be back in full…

Aug 18, 2022

“Airlines Hate Me:” Bad Boy RyRy’s Guide To Surf Travel

Want to get pampered at the pointy end of the plane for free?

Aug 17, 2022

Yes And Welcome Back: The First Day Of Female CT Competition At Teahupo’o Since Melanie Redman-Carr Was Taking Scalps In ’06

Carissa Moore is now two heats away from her 6th World Title, btw.

Aug 17, 2022

7:11

What Happens When You Borrow A Pro’s Board?

Joyride: The Shrizz from PANDA surfboards.

Aug 16, 2022

2:17

Mick Fanning Samples California’s Finest Local Produce

Mayhem at Lowers.

Aug 16, 2022

Mountains Died So You Could Surf

The value of sand.

Aug 15, 2022

9:12

UPDATE: People Are Still Surfing ‘La Jetee’ in Reunion Island

Returning to the best & sharkiest air wave in the world, as seen in Mod…

Aug 14, 2022

These Are Your Favorite (Female) Surfers

What the Stab reader survey teaches us about taste.

Aug 14, 2022

2:14

Kelly and Local Gal to Win Teahupo’o?

Local insights and a firing forecast.

Aug 13, 2022

These Are Your Favorite (Male) Surfers

Insights from the 2022 Stab Reader survey.

Aug 13, 2022

16:04

Fear And Loathing in Mainland Mex

Parker Coffin, Harry Roach, and the Roark crew embark on an authentic Oaxacan (surf) trip.

Aug 13, 2022

Tahiti Preview: The End Of The Road For 72% Of The CT

And hello there, blob of swell.

Aug 12, 2022

3:24

While Everyone Flocked To Tahiti, Kelly Stayed in Jbay

...And proceeded to rip the hell out of it on a "borrowed" 5-finned Tomo.

Aug 11, 2022

1:38

Can A GQ Cover Boy Take Out Teahupo’o?

Kauli Vaast is your incredibly handsome Tahiti trials winner.

Aug 11, 2022

Watch: Ramble On With Caity Simmers 

An action-rich tour behind the scenes of her triumphant first voyage to Oz.

Aug 11, 2022
Advertisement