Celebrating inclusive sporting achievements for over thirteen years.
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On Disability Sport and Recreations (DSR) special 60th-year anniversary, the 2022 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards were held on November 8th 2022. These awards act as an example of the hard work and dedication sportspeople, volunteers and officials have been able to achieve across the inclusive sport and recreation sector across Victoria for sixty years.
On Tuesday, the disability sporting community gathered to celebrate and praise the achievements of people with disabilities and those who support them in which was a fantastic night.
Liz Tesone, CEO of Disability Sport and Recreation said how delightful the night of celebration was and the impact it has on the sector.
“We are all so proud of last nights event. For a thirteenth year, the Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards has been a fantastic night commemorating the unsung heroes and rising stars of accessible and inclusive sport.
These awards are a celebration of all those nominated for their amazing sportsmanship, professionalism and community spirit they have shown in the disability sport and recreation sector over the past year, and through the challenges of COVID-19.
In DSR’s 60th anniversary, we want to continue working towards the needs of all Victorians with a disability. Providing greater choice, access, and participation for all people with disability for the future. In a night of celebration, lets also congratulate and reflect on the incredible work achieved over the sixty years to facilitate and support the inclusive sport and recreation sector in Victoria.” said Disability Sport & Recreation CEO, Liz Testone.
Entrants in the Awards are nominated by state sporting associations, regional sport assemblies, local government, teammates, club members, coaches or their local community to recognise their outstanding contribution to inclusive sport and recreation.
Winners of 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
My Sport Live Sportsperson of the Year - Community
Robert Fletcher - Blind Tennis
Carbine Club Marg Angel Junior Sportsperson of the Year
Liam Costello – Athletics
Masters Sportsperson of the Year
Adam Fayad - Blind Tennis
Administrator of the Year
Steve Odgers - AFL Victoria
Coach/Fitness Leader of the Year
Alois Rosario - Australian Para Table Tennis
PwC Volunteer of the Year
Doug Sloan - Blind Golf Vic, Blind Golf Aus, Blind Sports & Recreation Vic
VicHealth Initiative of the Year - Sport
Sport4All - Get Skilled Access
VicHealth Initiative of the Year - Active Recreation
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
Dementia Friendly Forest & Sensory Trail - Parks Victoria, Bigger Heart Dementia Alliance (Ballarat) and Dementia Australia
Love the Game Team of the Year
Table Tennis Victoria - Team Vic Para Squad
Nominations for the 2022 VDSR Awards are for achievements, initiatives, programs, activities and developments that took place between July 2021 and July 2022.
More information is available here: https://www.dsr.org.au/vdsr-awards
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.