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Deadly Awards honour Indigenous achievements

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 23 October 2004

Australia's Indigenous community turned out at the Sydney Opera House in force last night for the 2004 Deadly Awards.

The awards recognise achievement in Indigenous music, sport and the community.

Christine Anu won Single Release of the Year while the Saltwater Band from north-east Arnhem Land won Best Album.

The Lifetime Achievement Award in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music went to Yothu Yindi's front man Mandawuy Yunupingu.

Casey Donovan, the 16-year-old star of Australian Idol won Most Promising New Talent. Her father Merv is a member of The Donovans who won Band of the Year.

Country crooner Troy Cassar-Daley was named Artist of the Year.

Australia's first Aboriginal triathlete Brett Lee was named Most Promising New Talent in Sport.

Port Adelaide's Gavin Wanganeen and Amos Roberts from the Penrith Panthers won the Deadlys for Outstanding Achievement in AFL and Rugby League.

Female and Male Sportsperson of the Year went to basketballer Michelle Musselwhite and Olympic sprinter Joshua Ross.

Former boxer Tony Mundine, who still holds the Australian record for the most knockouts and who now trains his son Anthony, was recognised for his contribution to sport.

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