The 2022 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards (VDSR Awards) finalists have been announced today!
The awards celebrate the achievements of sportspeople with disability, the coaches, organisations, officials and volunteers who support them, and the inclusive sport and recreation sector across Victoria.
Hosted by Disability Sport & Recreation, these awards are an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and strides made in the accessible and inclusive sporting sector.
This special night of celebration will be held Tuesday 8 November on the stunning 21st floor at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Southbank’s Riverside Quay.
Nominations for the 2022 VDSR Awards are for achievements, initiatives, programs, activities and developments that took place between July 2021 and July 2022.
"This year has been a breath of fresh air for our community. Following some challenging times in our sporting sector, we want to focus this year on celebrating how far we have come, what collectively we have achieved and look forward to the year ahead" said Liz Tesone CEO of Disability Sport & Recreation.
"We commend all the athletes and individuals that have been put forward. They have all accomplished so much this year, and we cannot thank enough those who create positive outcomes and connections through their involvement in sport and recreation every day" said Tesone.
"On DSR's 60th Anniversary, let us celebrate all those who have persevered through the challenges of COVID-19 on our sector and the incredible work over the sixty years done to help and facilitate people with disability to live active healthy lives" said Tesone.
Finalists in the 2022 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards are:
Kevin Coombs Lifetime Achievement Award
My Sport Live Sportsperson of the Year - Elite
Heath Davidson - Wheelchair Tennis
Qian Yang - Table Tennis
Jenny Blow - Goalball
My Sport Live Sportsperson of the Year - Community
Mischa Ginns - Para Badminton
Brian Fitzpatrick - Para Badminton
Robert Fletcher - Blind Tennis
Carbine Club Marg Angel Junior Sportsperson of the Year
Jaylen Brown - Wheelchair Basketball
Liam Costello - Athletics
Saalim Naser - Wheelchair Tennis
Masters Sportsperson of the Year
Adam Fayad - Blind Tennis
Phoebe Jane - Blind Tennis
Ross Patterson - Blind Tennis
Administrator of the Year
Ian Bridge - Badminton Oceania
Steve Odgers - AFL Victoria
Duke Trench-Thiedeman - Ability Para Badminton Club
Coach/Fitness Leader of the Year
Deborah Christie & Karen Buckley - Achilles Melbourne
Craig Campbell - Australian Women's Wheelchair Basketball
Alois Rosario - Australian Para Table Tennis
PwC Volunteer of the Year
Doug Sloan - Blind Golf Vic, Blind Golf Aus, Blind Sports & Recreation Vic
Brooke Carter - Victorian Goalball Association
Scott Smith - Newcomb Power Football Netball Club
VicHealth Initiative of the Year - Sport
Sport4All - Get Skilled Access
Wheelchair State Development Program - Basketball Victoria
Regional Freedom Wheels Clinics - Solve-TAD
VicHealth Initiative of the Year - Active Recreation
Inclusive Community Sports Days - Solve-TAD
Zooming in on a vision for health and well-being - Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria
Inclusive aquatics and recreation: a guide to increasing participation by underrepresented communities - Belgravia Leisure, Belgravia Foundation and Aquatics & Recreation Victoria
Polytan Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Space Infrastructure
Dance 4 All - Alyshia Clarke
Dementia Friendly Forest & Sensory Trail - Parks Victoria, Bigger Heart Dementia Alliance (Ballarat) and Dementia Australia
Love the Game Team of the Year
Australian Junior Wheelchair Tennis World Cup Team
Table Tennis Victoria - Team Vic Para Squad
Inclusive Sports Training Team
More information is available on the Disability Sport & Recreation website: www.dsr.org.au/vdsr-awards
When: Tuesday, 8 November
Where: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Riverside Quay, Southbank
Tickets: The awards ceremony will be a ticketed event and full details, including ticket prices, will be released closer to the date on www.dsr.org.au/vdsr-awards
Disability Sport & Recreation thanks the Awards wonderful sponsors and supporters for their generous contribution to make this event possible.
This event is proudly supported by major sponsors Polytan, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and The Carbine Club, and event supporters the Victorian Government, My Sport Live, VicHealth, Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, and WorkSafe Victoria.