Gulden named Young Athlete of the Year

Errol Gulden has capped a stellar 2023 by taking out the Young Athlete of the Year at the 2023 NSW Sports Awards at a gala dinner at Sydney’s International Convention Centre.

Gulden, 21, averaged 27 disposals, five tackles and a goal in season 2023. His damaging left boot is becoming stuff of legend in the AFL, decimating defences and inspiring confidence from his teammates and from fans.

He has won a litany of awards this year including his first Bob Skilton Medal as the Sydney Swans Club Champion and finishing fourth place in the Brownlow Medal, polling more votes in a season than any Swans player in club history. He was also selected in the All Australian team and voted Paul Kelly Player’s Player by his teammates.

Always a precocious talent, the former Maroubra Saints junior and UNSW-ES senior player is quick to acknowledge his coaches and mentors through his formative years in the AFL Sydney competition. He also had a long tenure in QBE Sydney Swans Academy which played a large role shaping him from a young talent to elite superstar.

Gulden is also a Diversity Talent Ambassador for AFL NSW/ACT, often working with First  Nations and multicultural youth talent to help improve their football and turn them into leaders off the field.

Congratulations to Errol Gulden on the win and to Angus McKenzie-Wills (goal umpire) and Adam Kingsley (GIANTS) who were finalists in the Official of the Year and Coach of the Year categories.

Four-time canoe world champion, Jessica Fox, was named 2023 Valour Sport NSW Athlete of the Year.