ASHLEIGH BARTY of Australia plays a forehand during her ladies singles quarter-final match of the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, France. Picture: Alex Pantling/Getty Images
Ashleigh Barty and Ellyse Perry are among the leading candidates to be voted personality of the year at the AIS Sport performance awards.
Tennis world No.1 Barty and cricket star Perry are two of twelve nominees for the sport personality of the year award, with both also shortlisted for the sporting moment of the year award.
Other nominees for the sport personality of the year include cricket ace Steve Smith, NRL premiership winner James Tedesco and major golf champion Hannah Green.
Barty has been nominated for the best sporting moment for becoming the first Australian French Open singles champion in 46 years, while Perry is nominated for her starring role in the Australian women's cricket team's Ashes win in England.
Green's triumph at the Women's PGA Championship, the Sydney Roosters' back-to-back NRL grand final wins, the Boomers' victory over the United States in Melbourne and Kelsey-Lee Barber's golden javelin throw at the world athletics championships are some of the other moments to make the moment of the year list.
Finalists for the remainder of the awards will be revealed in the coming weeks with the AIS sport performance awards to be held in Sydney on December 10.