Tamika Simpson DSR Awards by Donna Killeen

Honour roll

Celebrating life members and award winners. Their passion for inclusivity and all they have done for the community is remembered here.

Life members

Life membership is offered as recognition and acknowledgement of an individual’s significant contribution to our organisation or the sector.

Since the ParaVics Sports Club was formed in 1962, there have been a number of individuals whose outstanding leadership, passion, dedication and generosity has shaped our organisation’s transition to Wheelchair Sports Victoria and, in 2010, Disability Sport & Recreation.

Countless athletes with disability, and the wider disability sport and recreation sector, have been transformed through the work of our life members.

We first awarded life membership in 1970. Our first four recipients were Bob Boyles, Wal Gladwyn, Elaine Schrieber and Mike Wilson.

* deceased.

 

Previous
VDSR Award recipients 

The Victorian Disability Sport & Recreation Awards recognises and celebrates the achievements of people with disability. It also honours people who support and strive to make sport and recreation inclusive for all. Award winners 2010 - 2014 coming soon. 

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2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

 

2020

Lifetime Achievement Award

Timothy Chiu – DSR Kids recreational camps

Female Sportsperson of the Year

Phoebe Mitchell – swimming

My Sport Live Male Sportsperson of the Year

Clint Pickin – para triathlon

Marg Angel Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Georgia Powning – athletics

Masters Sportsperson of the Year

Duke Trench-Thiedeman – para badminton

Carbine Club Team of the Year

Geelong Swimming Club

Coach of the Year

Sadat-Jon Hussain – swimming

Official of the Year

Tony Warland – tennis

PwC Volunteer of the Year

Caytlyn Sharp – athletics

Initiative of the Year

Access Key Project (Access Ability Australia)

Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Space Infrastructure Award

Casey Stadium (City of Casey and YMCA Victoria)

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2019

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mel and Terry McMahon – Special Olympics tenpin bowling

Tamika Simpson – gymnastics

Female Sportsperson of the Year

Hannah Macdougall – cycling

My Sport Live Male Sportsperson of the Year

Ben Roche – football (soccer)

Marg Angel Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Mitchell Bond – wheelchair basketball

WorkSafe Victoria Masters Sportsperson of the Year

Mick Fawkner – seated thrower

Carbine Club Team of the Year

Australian Half Marathon Team, World INAS Games

Coach of the Year

Vicky Lee – tennis

Official of the Year

Jenny Forssman – gymnastics

PwC Volunteer of the Year

Melissa Hale – Deaf cricket

VicHealth Initiative of the Year

Access All Terrain Program (YMCA Victoria, DHHS and Parks Victoria)

Polytan Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Space Infrastructure Award

Lilydale to Warburton rail trail chicanes (Yarra Ranges Council)

2020

Lifetime Achievement Award

Timothy Chiu – DSR Kids recreational camps

Female Sportsperson of the Year

Phoebe Mitchell – swimming

My Sport Live Male Sportsperson of the Year

Clint Pickin – para triathlon

Marg Angel Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Georgia Powning – athletics

Masters Sportsperson of the Year

Duke Trench-Thiedeman – para badminton

Carbine Club Team of the Year

Geelong Swimming Club

Coach of the Year

Sadat-Jon Hussain – swimming

Official of the Year

Tony Warland – tennis

PwC Volunteer of the Year

Caytlyn Sharp – athletics

Initiative of the Year

Access Key Project (Access Ability Australia)

Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Space Infrastructure Award

Casey Stadium (City of Casey and YMCA Victoria)

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2019

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mel and Terry McMahon – Special Olympics tenpin bowling

Tamika Simpson – gymnastics

Female Sportsperson of the Year

Hannah Macdougall – cycling

My Sport Live Male Sportsperson of the Year

Ben Roche – football (soccer)

Marg Angel Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Mitchell Bond – wheelchair basketball

WorkSafe Victoria Masters Sportsperson of the Year

Mick Fawkner – seated thrower

Carbine Club Team of the Year

Australian Half Marathon Team, World INAS Games

Coach of the Year

Vicky Lee – tennis

Official of the Year

Jenny Forssman – gymnastics

PwC Volunteer of the Year

Melissa Hale – Deaf cricket

VicHealth Initiative of the Year

Access All Terrain Program (YMCA Victoria, DHHS and Parks Victoria)

Polytan Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Space Infrastructure Award

Lilydale to Warburton rail trail chicanes (Yarra Ranges Council)

2018

DeakinTALENT Female Sportsperson of the Year

Melissa Tapper – table tennis, 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist

My Sport Live Male Sportsperson of the Year

Nathan Pellissier – table tennis, 2017 Australian Singles Champion

Marg Angel Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Caytlyn Sharp – athletics, 2017 INAS Athletics Championships gold medallist

Masters Sportsperson of the Year

Maria Strong – seated thrower: shot put, discus, javelin, 2018 Australian Athletics Championships gold medallist

Carbine Club Team of the Year

Casey Gymnastics Special O Athletes – gymnastics, members of the Victorian team at the 2018 Special Olympics National Competition

Coach of the Year

Elizabeth Gosper – athletics, Inclusive Sports Training and Ashwood School

Official of the Year

Phillip Goodman – wheelchair tennis, national and international referee

Volunteer of the Year

Alana Baldi – Special Olympics, cricket and football

Lifetime Achievement Award

Greg Crump – Tennis Australia wheelchair tennis coach

VicHealth Initiative of the Year

Southern Masters Cycling Club – All Abilities Cycling program for adults with physical or intellectual disabilities

Polytan Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Space Infrastructure Award

City of Melbourne – North Melbourne Recreation Reserve Multi-Use Sports Court

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2017

Deakin University Female Sportsperson of the Year

Isis Holt

Male Sportsperson of the Year

Mitchell Gourley

Marg Angel Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Jaryd Clifford

Masters Sportsperson of the Year

Carol Cooke

Team of the Year

Victorian Vikings (cricket)

Coach of the Year

Alexia Keats

Official of the Year

Liam Costello

Volunteer of the Year

Alana Baldi

Lifetime Achievement Award

Maurice Gleeson

Initiative of the Year

All Abilities Sport Ballarat

Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Space Infrastructure Award

City of Hume / Touched by Olivia Foundation: Livvi’s Place, Craigieburn ANZAC Park –

 

2016

Male Sportsperson of the Year

Dylan Alcott
Female Sportsperson of the Year

Carol Cooke
Marg Angel Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Brenton Ponza
Masters Sportsperson of the Year

Carol Cooke
Team of the Year

Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson – tennis doubles
Coach of the Year

Alex Hirschauer
Official of the Year

Liam Costello
Lifetime Achievement Award

Jeff Walkley
Volunteer of the Year

Amanda Kwong
Initiative of the Year

Achilles Melbourne
Inclusive infrastructure award over $500,000

AquaPulse – City of Wyndham
Inclusive infrastructure award under $500,000

YMCA Camp Manyung
Most Outstanding Media Coverage

Ivan Dodin – ABC News

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2015

Male Sportsperson of the Year

Dylan Alcott
Female Sportsperson of the Year

Cassy Geffke
Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Brittney Neill
Masters Sportsperson of the Year

Nazim Erdem
Team of the Year

Kilsyth Cobras
Coach of the Year

Graeme Byrne
Official of the Year

Liam Costello
Lifetime Achievement Award

Darren Pickering
Volunteer of the Year

Moira Ryde
Initiative of the Year

Gymnastics Victoria AeroBase
Inclusive Infrastructure Award

Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC)
Most Outstanding Media Coverage

Sarah Farnsworth – ABC News

 

2014

Male Sportsperson of the Year

Toby Kane


Female Sportsperson of the Year

Jessica Gallager 


Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Keiran Johnson Vickers


Masters Sportsperson of the Year

Gary Connor


Team of the Year

Jetz Balloon Football Team 


Coach of the Year

George Tsangas


Official of the Year

Liam Costello


Lifetime Achievement Award

Hans Boers


Volunteer of the Year

David Staley 


Initiative of the Year

Gymnastics Victoria Inclusive Club Guideline


Most Outstanding Media Coverage

Ben Robson – The Border Mail

2013

Male Sportsperson of the Year

Patrick Francis


Female Sportsperson of the Year

Carol Cooke


Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Matthew Haanappel
 

Team of the Year

Victorian Metro Ivor Burge Women’s Basketball Team

 

Coach of the Year

Greg Crump

 

Volunteer of the Year

Debbie Pataki


 Initiative of the Year

Melbourne University Physiotherapy Students Australian Physiotherapy Webinar


Most Outstanding Media Coverage

Lucie van den Berg, Herald Sun

2012

 Male Sportsperson of the Year

Nazim Erdem


Female Sportsperson of the Year

Ellie Cole


Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Hayden McGuigan


Masters Sportsperson of the Year

Gary Connor


Team of the Year

Victorian All Abilities Netball Squad


Coach of the Year

Randall Joseph


Volunteer of the Year

Kerrie Brindell


 Initiative of the Year

Swimming Victoria Talent Identification Program


Most Outstanding Media Coverage

Sue Wallace, The Border Mail

2011

Male Sportsperson of the Year
Ben Roche

 

Female Sportsperson of the Year

Amanda Carter


Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Sarah Lazzaro


Masters Sportsperson of the Year

Jason Maroney, David Burman, Amanda Carter


Team of the Year

Coburg Tigers FIDA Football Team


Coach of the Year

Jodi Pixton


Official of the Year

Caitlin Lamont


Volunteer of the Year

Ron Smith


Best Disability Sport and Recreation Initiative (joint award)

Gymnastics Victoria, Cricket Victoria and Scope