Gay Olympic Rower Robbie Manson Named “Athlete Of The Year”

The out Kiwi hopes to compete in the 2020 Tokyo games.

Robbie Manson, an openly gay Olympic rower from New Zealand, won an “Athlete of the Year” award this week from the Association of National Olympic Committees in Prague, Outsports reports.

Manson was the winner from Oceania along with Sarah Goss, a female rugby player. Awards were also given to athletes from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

After coming out to his teammates in 2012, Manson came out publicly in 2014 and then competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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“I wouldn’t want to be any other way,” he previously told Outsports about his sexuality. “I think it makes me more interesting, and it’s something that does make me different in a good way. I learned that I’m a lot stronger and more resilient than I gave myself credit for, and that other people are far more accepting than I thought they would be.”

Manson, who won two gold medals at international rowing events and also set a world record this year, hopes to compete at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

See some wetter photos of Manson below.

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