Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson capped a stellar year by winning Athletics Australia's female athlete of the year award on Thursday.
Pearson, who won the 100m hurdles at the London Games, claimed the award for the second straight year at the Athletics Australia awards night.
Fellow Queenslander Mitchell Watt, who took silver in the long jump in London, was crowned male athlete of the year.
"Awards like this are important because it makes me realise that all the hard work I do is appreciated by others, and that's more than I can ask for," Pearson said.
"The gold medal in London has always been a dream, and to share that with my family and Sharon (Hannan) my coach was so special.
"Onward and upward though with the world championships next year where I hope to defend my title.
"Hurdlers in my event aren't afraid to race each other so I will see how they are all tracking leading into Moscow and I will be sure to be on my game, as healthy and fit as possible, to deliver a medal."
Watt, who had to settle for second behind Englishman Greg Rutherford at the Olympics, said he was determined to go one better at the world championships in Moscow next year.
"It's something I have dreamed of since watching Jai (Taurima) win silver in Sydney and I honestly have to pinch myself sometimes," he said.
"I want that gold medal next year. Silver have been great and the more I look back on London the more I am proud, but I want it and hope to win it in Moscow."
Meanwhile, Kyle Vander Kuyp was named a recipient of the Edwin Flack Award as a tribute to his years of service to athletics in Australia.