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2022 DSR Awards finalists announced

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

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.

A group image shot of the 2021 VDSR Award winners and their trophies. The people are smiling at the camera.

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

  • Dylan Alcott

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:

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

Disability Sport & Recreation thanks the Awards wonderful sponsors and supporters for their generous contribution to make this event possible.


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