Fox on a run
Olympic heroine Jessica Fox is in line to cap the most remarkable year of her career with more hardware after earning nominations in four categories for the annual New South Wales Institute of Sport Awards.
The awards night, to be held at the Sydney Cricket Ground's Indoor Centre, is considered the state's premier annual sports awards and recognises achievement in 12 categories including academic excellence, career development, team and individual performances.
The Leonay 18-year-old, who stunned the canoe slalom world with her silver medal at the London Olympics, is nominated in the Sydney City Toyota Female Athlete of the Year, Classic Sportswear Most Memorable Moment, the University of Sydney Academic Excellence and the Out & About Marketing and Media Junior Athlete of the Year categories.
In the coveted Classic Sportswear Most Memorable Moment award Fox is nominated for her back-from-the-dead performance at the Olympics.
She inspired the nation with her silver medal winning performance in the women's K1 canoe slalom event. After capsizing during her first run in the heats, Fox then qualified for the semi-final, and then the final. Under great pressure, she held her nerve to finish second on her Games debut.
Fox said being nominated for four gongs at the NSWIS Awards capped off what has already been a great year.
Penrith has signed utility player Tom Humble for the next two years.
Humble played this season with the Wests Tigers but has been snapped by Panthers coach Ivan Cleary because of his versatility.
The adaptable, Humble, played 15 games for the Tigers this year at the top level. He started his NRL career with Parramatta.