Laureus Award Nominees

Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore and Aaron Hadlow have been nominated for the Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year.

The winners of the 2009 Laureus World Sports Awards will receive their Awards individually at a series of presentations during May and June.

Laureus and its Partners have made the decision that due to the current economic situation it would be inappropriate to stage a full-scale Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony at this time. Accordingly for this year Laureus will forego its usual spring celebration.

Laureus will monitor the economic situation over the next few months and announce in due course the arrangements for the next Laureus World Sports Awards.

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PROFILE OF THE NOMINEES

Kelly Slater

Born: February 11, 1972 in
Place of Birth:  Florida, USA
Sport: Surfing

At 36, legendary surfing master Kelly Slater notched his most dominant year yet. Claiming his unprecedented ninth world title in 2008, Slater took first in six of the 10 contests he entered. His 8,832 points this year absolutely dwarfed the 6,780 of his nearest competitor. Slater did not even plan to compete in 2008, giving his rivals a sense of confidence that his later change-of-mind quickly dashed.

Stephanie Gilmore

Born: January 29, 1988
Place of Birth:  New South Wales, Australia
Sport: Surfing

Became the first surfer, male or female, to win the Association of Surfing Professionals world title in their rookie season, in 2007, and this year repeated the achievement.  Her luminous 2008 was highlighted by big wins all over the globe: Peru, Hawaii, Brazil, and Australia. And she barely lost ground when she finished third at the Rip Curl Pro Mademoiselle at Hossegor, France. Only 20, Gilmore has the potential to dominate women's surfing for the foreseeable future.

Aaron Hadlow

Born: October 4, 1988
Place of Birth:  Cornwall, United Kingdom
Sport: Kiteboarding

Britain's Aaron Hadlow continued to amaze the kiteboard world with his fifth straight PKRA (Professional Kiteboard Riders Association) world championship in freestyle. He was 20 the day before he won his fifth title in October. Smoothly executing aerials and tricks, Hadlow appears more gifted than his rivals. Aaron has stayed at the top of his game from the very start of his career and has dominated the sport since 2004.  Having only kiteboarded for 11 years, Hadlow remains the youngest world champion in PKRA history.