2023 VicHealth Sport and Active Recreation Initiative of the Year

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Nominations for the 2023 Victorian Sport Awards are now closed.

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 and/or active recreation. This could be through a single initiative, event or longer-term initiative (i.e. program, project or campaign) implemented within the past 2-3 years which has provided significant benefit to Victorian sport during 2023.


To be eligible to be considered in this category, the nominee must:

  • Be a community and/or active recreation club/group or individual within Victoria, or
  • Be a State Sporting Association, Regional Sports Assembly or Vicsport Associate Member

The initiatives can be related (but not limited) to:

  • Participation recruitment and retention programs
  • Research
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Disaster recovery (floods, bushfires, COVID-19 etc.)

Selection Criteria:

  1. The impact of the initiative to encourage Victorians to participate in active recreation initiatives and/or to the sport
  2. Innovative approaches to the initiative and inclusive practices
  3. The number of participants
  4. The impact to participation within the sport

Selection Process & Voting:

For all information regarding selection and voting processes, return to the 2023 nominations information page here.

Previous Winners:

2022 Women's Only Slide Night WaterMarc Banyule
2021 Virtual Health and Wellness Programs Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria
2020 FitSkills La Trobe University
2019 Melbourne Tennis Month Tennis Victoria

Previously Outdoor/Active Recreation Initiative of the Year:
2018 Escaping Your Comfort Zone
2017 Wheel Women Cycling
2016 Achilles Melbourne Running Club
2015 Active in Parks People and Parks Foundation
2014 Macedon Ranges Running Club
Running Club
2013 Cohuna Neighbourhood House
Community Center

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