Zimbabwean Olympic rower Micheen Thornycroft has been announced as the winner of the 2017 World Rowing (FISA) Filippi Spirit Award.
The prize gives recognition to university paddlers who have demonstrated the sport's core values in their social, academic and sporting life.
Thornycroft, who competed at London 2012 and Rio 2016 in the women's single sculls event, has been given the award for her community work.
The 30-year-old helps out at a community engagement project which helps develop sport in underprivileged areas.
Additionally, she is part of the RowZambezi project, which raises money for clean water conservation in Africa.
Thornycroft, who is currently studying at Rhodes University in South Africa, expressed her pride at winning the award.
"It is incredible to win such an awesome award, as there are so many amazing people nominated for it every year," she said.
"I have always wanted to be able to give back to my university rowing club, as they gave me so much over the years, and so it is so exciting to be able to give them a brand new Filippi eight [a type of boat].
"It is more than I ever dreamed I'd be able to give."
FISA President Jean-Christophe Rolland added: "In the fifth year of this award, I never cease to be amazed by the calibre of the nominations.
"There are so many inspiring university student rowers who deserve to be recognised.
"This year's winner, Micheen, is no exception.
"She has balanced Olympic-level training with university studies and still found time to give back to the rowing community."
Previous winners of the award include 2013 World Championship gold medallist Nils Jakob Hoff of Norway, who won last year's prize.