The 2015 Champion of the Year

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The 2015 Champion of the Year will be revealed during the Peace and Sport Awards Gala, Thursday 26 November.


Nominees in 2015

Champion of the Year rewards an international athlete who has led a significant sport initiative towards peaceful change, separate from a personal foundation.


Patrick Farmer
Ultra-marathon Runner

Pat is a multiple world record holder in endurance running. He has run from the North Pole to the South, and across Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and North America. In 2014, he gathered together the Ambassadors of Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine and the Australian Prime Minister to launch the Middle East Peace run, covering 1,450 km in 19 days in the four countries. Pat served nine years as a Member of Australia’s Parliament, with three years as Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Science and Training, and is now Director at the Australian Sports Commission.

Winner of ‘Achiever of the Year’ (2000), awarded by Prime Minister John Howard, Pat has raised millions of dollars for causes during his 20 year running career.

Robert Young
‘Marathon Man UK’ – Extreme Endurance Runner

Rob Young’s running career commenced less than two years ago. Since April 2014, Rob has been raising funds for charity, including Dreams Come True. In his efforts to raise £200k for his chosen charities, Rob has smashed records and pushed himself to the limits of human endeavour, overcoming injury along the way. In support of the ‘Champions Walk for Peace’ fundraiser for Aegis, which was launched with a 522-mile torch relay across Kenya’s troubled Rift Valley by top Kenyan athletes in July 2015,

Robert Young has orchestrated a 2,000-mile (including 100,000 feet of climbing) UK relay using the same torch – starting from the Great North Run in Newcastle, going up to Scotland and ending in London on 8 October.

Geraldine Yema Robert
Professional basketball player

A professional basketball player hailing from Port-Gentil, the economic capital of Gabon, Géraldine Yema Robert is today the standard-bearer for women’s basketball in her country.

With various titles to her name including European Champion (Europe Cup 2015), French Women’s Basketball League (LFB) Champion in 2014, UK Champion in 2005 and other distinctions such as MVP (Most Valuable Player) at the 2015 Afrobasket qualifications in zone 4 and MVP for the LFB in 2013,

Yema Robert’s talent speaks for itself. A strong believer in her country’s sporting potential, Géraldine works with the non-profit organization YEMALY to provide coaching and mentoring to young female Gabonese basketball players.