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Victorian Disability Sport & Recreation Awards

We honour, celebrate and recognise outstanding people within the Victorian disability sport and recreation community. 

2022 VDSR Awards Highlight Reel

Our awards

The annual Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards recognise the accomplishments of people with disability; those who support them and the inclusive sport and recreation sector across the state. 

It is an opportunity to celebrate the athletes, volunteers, officials, administrators, clubs, venues, and programs that enable and empower people with disability to get active and achieve their goals. 

The awards provide an opportunity to discover notable champions and rising stars and celebrate what is great about accessible and inclusive sport.

2023 Winners

The winners from the 2023 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards are:

  • Sport and Recreation Victoria Volunteer of the Year - Anne Cherny

  • Love the Game Team of the Year - Team Vic, Special Olympics

  • My Sport Live Coach/Fitness Leader of the Year - Sally Francis OAM

  • WorkSafe Victoria Administrator of the Year​ - Shane Bicknell

  • Sport and Recreation Victoria Sport Initiative of the Year - AFL Barwon Inclusion League

  • Clublinks Active Recreation and Leisure Initiative of the Year - emotion21, Inclusion Foundation

  • Polytan Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Space Infrastructure - Camp Manyung, YMCA

  • Carbine Club Marg Angel Junior Sportsperson of the Year - Jack Howell

  • My Sport Live Masters Sportsperson of the Year - Ross Patterson

  • Active Melbourne Community Sportsperson of the Year - Chris Henderson

  • Polytan Elite Sportsperson of the Year - Sarah Larcombe

  • Kevin Coombs Lifetime Achievement Awards - Danni Di Toro, Julie Cass and Aileen Marshall

In 2023

This year’s awards celebrate activities over a 12-month period from July 2022 to July 2023. 

For the 2023 Awards booklet [Accessible Text PDF Version], click here

 

To view winners from 2022, click here.

To view all previous award recipients, click here

Key dates

Nominations open

Monday 31st July

Nominations close

Sunday 27th August

Judging

Late August

Finalists announced

Early September

Awards
Ceremony

Date: Tuesday 3rd October, 2023

Time: 4:30pm - 8:30pm

Venue: Victory Room, Marvel Stadium

Award categories

Nominations for this years Awards are now closed. Read the finalists list here!

Volunteer of the Year
Team of the Year
Sportsperson of the Year - Elite
Sportsperson of the Year - Community
Masters Sportsperson of the Year
Initiative of the Year - Sport
Initiative of the Year - Active Recreation
Lifetime Achievement Award
Junior Sportsperson of the Year
Administrator of the Year
Coach/Fitness Leader of the Year
Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Space Infrastructure

Sponsors and Supporters

Major

Carbine Club

WorkSafe Victoria

Associate

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Sports Accounting Australia

VicHealth

2022 Winners

To download  last year's winners [Accessible PDF version], click here.

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