Finalists Announced for 2017 Victorian Sport Awards

The Victorian Sport Awards is the night of nights for the Victorian sporting community, celebrating participants, coaches and the organisers and volunteers behind the scenes from all levels of sport in Victoria.

Each year the Victorian Sport Awards will honour those who have made an outstanding contribution to sport in Victoria as individual or team athletes, coaches, administrators and volunteers from both metropolitan and regional areas in Victoria.

Entrants in the Awards are nominated by friends, family, teammates, club members or their local community because of their outstanding contribution to sport and active recreation.

Every year, the Victorian Sport Awards receives hundreds of nominations which aim to recognise and celebrate those members of our Victorian community and the 2017 Victorian Sport Awards was no exception.

The quality and breadth of the nominations received makes selecting the finalists a difficult endeavour, which is why the 2017 Victorian Sport Awards sought the help of 32 highly qualified Victorian sports people to constitute the judging panels charged with picking the finalists across the 18 categories.

Judges include people from various diverse sporting groups and roles including:

  • Rosie King – Rosie is the CEO of Netball Victoria and a Director of the Australian Paralympic Committee
  • Steve Moneghetti AM, himself a winner of the 1989 and 1995 Male Athlete of the Year and 2001 Outstanding Contribution to Sport Awards
  • David Parkin, a former AFL player and four-time AFL premiership coach
  • Lindsay Gaze, who played basketball for Australia at three Olympics between 1960 and 1968 and coached the Australian basketball team at four Olympics between 1972 and 1984

Minister for Sport, John Eren proudly says;

"Victoria lives and breathes sport ‐ and we produce some of the most passionate and elite talent on the planet.”

“That’s why we’re proud to honour our selfless and dedicated individuals, clubs and organisations that step up to support their communities."

Vicsport Interim CEO Michael Sholly says;

“The Victorian Sport Awards is a highlight event on the Victorian sporting calendar and Vicsport is pleased to join in the celebration of recognising the wonderful achievements of our home grown sporting heroes from community and grassroots to the elite level”.

The Victorian Sport Awards are presented by the State Government of Victoria and Vicsport.

Held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Victorian Sport Awards can be attended by all entrants, nominees, family, friends, sporting organisations and clubs to celebrate the successes of community sport in Victoria.

Last year's Awards attracted an attendance of 500 people including many of Victoria’s premier athletes and grassroots heroes.

Highlights of the night included an emotional speech from Kevin Sheedy OAM upon receiving the Victorian Government Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award and 2016 Rio Olympic Champion Rower Kim Brennan AM and swimmer Mack Horton OAM, awarded the 2016 Victorian Female and Male Athletes of the Year Award.

Event details:

Wednesday 14 March, 2018

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

6pm – 10pm

6pm - 6.45pm - Refreshments, canapes and food stations
6.45pm - 9.30pm - Awards ceremony
9.30pm - 10pm - Post-event networking and dessert bar

To purchase tickets for the Awards click here. For more information about the Awards, contact Vicsport on 03 9698 8100 or email or visit

The Awards are a night that recognises and celebrates the achievements of our home grown sporting heroes and legends and all those who help them get there.

View the full list of finalists here.

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