2020 Victorian Sport Award Finalists
Congratulations to the below individuals, organisations, clubs and Local Government Authorities for progressing through to the finalist stage of the 2020 Victorian Sport Awards.
This award recognises a Local Government Authority who has made a significant contribution to sport in 2020 through the development of a participation program or facility.
|Get Active! At Home Series - Maribyrnong City Council|
Created to encourage and support their community to stay active with local deliverers during lockdown periods, Maribyrnong City Council’s free Get Active! At Home Series (GAHS) saw over 1,250 registered participants engage with 20 local providers across 25 different six-week programs. These initiatives included Taekwondo Fitness, Kids Beginner Gymnastics and Adult Jazz Dance with some programs continuing beyond the initial six weeks due to popularity. Overall, 84% of participants stated they were more physically active due to engaging in the GAHS, 75% reported they felt healthier and over 100 participants subsequently registered with a local sports club or leisure centre.
|#CaseyGirlsCan Program - City of Casey|
#CaseyGirlsCan is an ongoing campaign by the City of Casey to encourage women and girls to get involved in sport and physical activity, address barriers to their participation and support the This Girl Can Vic campaign. Utilising Vicsport’s Innovation Lab, Casey Council embarked on a project to empower CALD women to take up leadership roles in locally led, culturally appropriate physical activities for other CALD women, while partnering with a number of organisations to provide online physical activity programs that reached more than 12,000 women. A range of activities are available for free via #CaseyGirlsCan on YouTube and new approaches used in 2020 will now be permanent features of the campaign.
|Mental Health in Sports Clubs Program - Cardinia Shire Council|
Following a survey within Cardinia Shire that identified the need to understand and support mental health challenges, the Mental Health in Sports Clubs program was established. Volunteers from 15 clubs were upskilled through an accredited Mental Health First Aid Course, Monash Health and Headspace were engaged to ensure clubs had avenues for support and ongoing game plans while Co-design approaches were utilised to address club issues, policies and procedures. The success of this program has seen it be replicated and delivered throughout the broader Cardinia community.
|Sport and Physical Activity Strategy - City of Casey|
After engaging with 339 individuals across multiple providers, strategic partners, community groups and individual residents, City of Casey committed to 37 strategic initiatives aimed primarily at getting less-active residents more engaged through their Sport and Physical Activity Strategy. Targeted conversations with CALD and other underrepresented groups provided useful insights to the specific barriers women and girls face and a new physical activity program was developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls, co-designed with Casey’s Aboriginal Gathering Place. The Strategy will guide Council’s decision making for the next four years, ensuring a positive impact on the health and well-being of its residents.
Victorian sports administrators who have demonstrated an outstanding level of achievement during 2020 at the State Sporting Association, Regional Sports Assembly or National Sporting Organisation (Victorian based) level. The recipient’s contribution will have provided benefit to, or had a positive impact upon, an individual sport or the industry as a whole, and their standards of excellence will have distinguished them from peers.
Sarah Loh - South Metro Junior Football League
|Steven Gatt - Netball Victoria
Initially joining Netball Victoria in 2015 to improve the organisation’s systems and procedures, Steve has since become a critical member of the team and now serves as Chief Operating Officer. A barometer for staff at all levels, Steve carefully guided Netball Victoria’s finances to enable the organisation to retain all staff while improving revenue across merchandise, ticketing and membership which added to the bottom line and enabled greater investment into affiliates and grassroots netball. On Vixens’ game days, Steve can be seen entertaining VIP’s, ushering patrons to their seats as well as setting up and packing down sponsor activations.
|Lisa Hasker - Vicsport
As the CEO of Vicsport, Lisa displayed outstanding leadership to navigate all Victorian sports through imposed restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. During weekly Zoom meetings, Lisa helped interpret the rules as they related to the sports industry while also updating and advising on constant changes throughout the year. Beyond those meetings, Lisa provided one-on-one guidance, personally attended to specific enquiries from sports, analysed Return To Play plans, co-hosted COVID-19 information webinars and liaised with government on behalf of sports to provide an approachable, knowledgeable and reassuring presence during an uncertain time.
|Ayden Shaw - Disability Sport & Recreation
As Sport and Recreation Manager at Disability Sport & Recreation (DSR), Ayden was instrumental in designing, developing and implementing a number of innovative projects during a challenging year. Driving an agenda of change to create better access to community activity for Victorians that live with disability, Ayden promoted Wheelchair Rugby Victoria and a strategic plan to grow the sport in this state, set up a partnership with Proud 2 Play to broaden the experiences of Victorians with disability who identify as LGBTQI+ and created ‘DSR Kids Online Active’, transitioning the DSR Kids Hospital program online for any child with disability in Victoria.
This award recognises the coverage of elite and community sport to the wider public via various online, digital, broadcast and/or print media platforms in 2020.
Liam Murphy - Calisthenics Victoria
Sean Whipp and Tim Crosbie - Athletics Victoria
Puma - Melbourne Vixens/Netball Victoria
Raff Agostino - School Sport Victoria
This award recognises a volunteer of the Victorian sport and active recreation community who has made a positive difference to the opportunities and experiences available to others in 2020 and over a long period of time.
Marg Jones - Pakenham Lions Netball Club
Richard Lawysz - Athletics Victoria
Heather Webb - Waverley Softball Association
Joseph Joyce - Rowing Victoria
The Peter Norman Inclusion Award recognises an individual or organisation that has made a significant contribution to safe, fair and inclusive sport in 2020.
Elizabeth Gosper - Inclusive Sports Training
Life Saving Victoria
Stella Lesic - Bushrangers Sporting Alliance
Yvonne Snell and Sarah Wheadon - Special Olympics Australia
This award recognises the work of individuals, clubs, teams, groups or organisations (including SSAs) who have succeeded in enabling more people to participate in sport activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new award for 2020 highlights the innovative work that sport has promoted to keep people active and connect with members.
North West Travel League - Softball
The Inaugural Omnium Regatta - Rowing Victoria
MapLink (DIY Orienteering) - Orienteering Victoria
Club Race Series - Triathlon Victoria
This award recognises the work of individuals, clubs, teams, groups or organisations (including SSAs) who have succeeded in enabling more people to participate in active recreation during 2020 through a single initiative, event or long-term initiative.
'The Cage' - McKinnon Basketball Association
Club Race Series - Triathlon Victoria
FitSkills - LaTrobe University
I Speak Football - City in the Community
The Victorian State Government Outstanding Contribution to Victorian Sport Award is presented to an individual or organisation in recognition of outstanding achievement in, or contribution to, sport in Victoria. Winners of the Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award are nominated by the Vicsport Board and selected by a panel of industry representatives who are chosen based on their significant role in the Victorian sport and active recreation sector.
The announcement of this year's award winner will be made soon.