ZAGREB, 20 December 2019 – The 2019 Croatian sports awards, held by the Croatian Olympic Committee (HOO), took place at the Westin Hotel in Zagreb last night.
The best individuals and teams in 2019 were honoured at the 25th anniversary of the awards.
“In 2019, Croatian sportsmen and women took part in 138 World Championships, 185 European Championships, 111 World Cups and 59 European Cups, winning 384 medals, of which 119 were gold, 101 silver and 164 bronze,” HOO Secretary-General Josip Cop said on the evening.
For the eighth year in a row (2012-2019), discus champion Sandra Perkovic was named Croatian sportswoman of the year.
“In Rio we done amazing and won 10 medals and I think in Tokyo next year we can win more and show that we Croatians are on top of the world always when it counts,” Perkovic said.
For the second time in three years, gymnast Tin Srbic took home the sportsman of the year award for his silver medal performance at the World Championships in Germany.
The Croatian water polo team – Marko Bijac, Marko Macan, Loren Fatovic, Luka Loncar, Maro Jokovic, Hrvoje Benic, Ante Vukicevic, Andro Buslje, Lovre Milos, Josip Vrlic, Andelo Setka, Javier Garcia Gadea, Ivan Marcelic and coach Ivica Tucak – won the team of the year award for the ninth time.
The world champion Croatian bowling team – Ana Jambrovic, Klara Sedlar, Ines Maricic, Mirna Bosak, Milana Pavlic, Mirjana Liovic, Valentina Gal, Ana Bacan Schneider, Tihana Cavlovic and Natasa Ravlic – won best women’s team of the year.
The Sinkovic brothers, who are world and European champions in rowing, won best crew of the year, whist their coach, Nikola Bralic, was named coach of the year.
The fair play award went to Valentina Pereglin, whilst Luka Modric received an award for promoting Croatia on the world stage.
Awards for developing and promoting sport went to former volleyball player and now delegate, Vinko Dobric, and also to the DOSK basketball club in Drnis, Osijek tennis club, the Croatian rowing federation and the Lokomotiva handball club.