Brisbane schoolteacher Jeff Horn has become the first boxer in history to win The Don Award voted the athlete to most inspire the country in 2017.
Horn claimed the World Boxing Organisation welterweight title after a unanimous points decision in July.
"I can remember growing up being inspired by previous winners such as Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe." Horn said.
"To know I am potentially inspiring the future generation of athletes, like these guys have done for me, is an incredible feeling."
Horn is expected to announce his next fight in the coming days.