SOTY 2017 special guest: Swimming champion set to make splash

Triple Olympian Lisa Curry is this year's special guest at the 37th annual Sportsperson of the Year awards.

Triple Olympian Lisa Curry is this year's special guest at the 37th annual Sportsperson of the Year awards.

Three-time Olympian Lisa Curry will be this year’s special guest at the 37th annual Cowra Sportsperson of the Year awards presentation on Saturday.

Curry, who also competed at two world championships and three Commonwealth Games, comes highly recommended as a renowned motivational speaker.

Drawing on her career as an elite athlete and coach, personal life and passion and commitment to living healthy, Curry’s speaking is known to motivate and inspire audiences. 

Lisa Curry is best known for a long and successful swimming career spanning an awe-inspiring 23 years and which saw her ranked in the top 25 swimmers in the world. She competed in three Olympic Games, two World Championships and three Commonwealth Games.

We look forward to having Lisa at this year's awards night, and joining a long list of famous special guests.

Peter Guthrie

When Lisa returned to elite sport after a long break she coached and competed with her outrigger team, the Riggeroos, to win four World Championships in the 72km Outrigger Canoe race in Hawaii; the first Australian team to do so in the history of the race. She was also the first Australian ever to win the Hawaiian Molokai - Oahu 66km solo race.

Lisa is dedicated to assisting in the reversal of childhood and adult obesity and lowering the prevalence of Heart Disease.

For this cause, she completed a 50,000km road trip that covered 100 regional towns of Australia, running boot camps and workshops, speaking and working with people of all ages - from young children to those living in aged care.

For over 25 years, Lisa Curry was a TV presenter and brand ambassador for several well-known Australian companies working with staff, clients and the general public to promote a healthy lifestyle. Her decades-long association with Uncle Tobys is still one of the longest and memorable associations ever between a company and athlete.

Lisa Curry has published six books on health and fitness, and held the position of Chairman of the National Australia Day Council from 2000 to 2008. Appointed by former Prime Minister John Howard, she was the first woman to ever hold this prestigious position.

She was also on the Advisory Board of Council for the Encouragement of Philanthropy in Australia and an Ambassador to the Office of the Status of Women - Honouring Women program.

Lisa Curry has been awarded an MBE and OAM for services to sport and community, and an AO for lifting the values of what it means to be an Australian through her role as Chairman of the National Australia Day Council.  The 37th annual awards night starts from 6.30pm this Saturday at the Cowra Services Club.