2019 DSR Awards trophy by Ian Spence

Victorian Disability Sport & Recreation Awards

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

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 are also an opportunity to discover notable champions and rising stars and celebrate what’s truly great about accessible and inclusive sport.

In 2021

This year’s awards celebrate activities over an 18 month period from 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2021. 

Off the back of the successful interactive community involvement in Disability Sport & Recreation’s ‘Show Us You Can Play’ campaign, this year’s awards will also have an increased focus on interactivity. 

Nominators and nominees will be able to use the Benchvote platform to easily submit their nominations while community participation is being explored for greater involvement in the judging process. 

The Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards are an initiative of Disability Sport & Recreation (DSR), supported by Polytan, My Sport Live, The Carbine Club, PwC, Everyday Independence, Worksafe, Mobility Plus, Mable, VicHealth, Box Hill Institute, Craig Wetjen Photography and the Victorian Government.

DSR CEO Richard Amon said,


“The annual Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards are a highlight for the sector and will be held soon after the Tokyo Paralympics. We look forward to returning to an in-person event to once again celebrate together at PwC Southbank. Following a difficult 18 month period for the sector, we will not only be recognising traditional sports and recreation activities but the initiative of the year will reflect on innovation that occurred to support physical activity during COVID-19. Following record nominations in the 2020 awards, I encourage all in the sector to submit their nominations.” 

To view this years finalists, click here

To view previous award recipients, click here.

2021 Awards booklet [Accessible Text PDF Version] click here

To download the Plain Microsoft Word version click here. 

Key dates

Nominations open

Mon, 27 Jul

Nominations close

Sun, 29 Aug



Finalists announced


Awards ceremony

Tue, 23 Nov

Mobility Plus Livestream

In partnership with My Sport Live, we are proud to livestream the 2021 DSR Awards through DSR TV – a disability sports channel covering Victorian sporting and informational events. The livestream will commence at 5.30pm on 23 November. 

Award categories

2021 Finalists

Finalists in the 2021 Victorian Disability Sport & Recreation Awards are:

Everyday Independence Lifetime Achievement Award
•    Kaye Speed OAM - Blind Sport and Recreation Victoria


My Sport Live Sportsperson of the Year
•    Martyn Dunn - wheelchair tennis
•    Ben Fawcett - wheelchair rugby


Marg Angel Junior Sportsperson of the Year
•    Sally Schwartz - tennis
•    Louise Pendred - athletics
•    James Pendred - athletics
•    Kirra Wright - athletics


Masters Sportsperson of the Year
•    Jason Lees - wheelchair rugby
•    Jason Whiter - bodybuilding


Administrator of the Year
•    Tim Marchington - SOLVE Disability Solutions
•    Brenton Dinsdale - Gippsport
•    Steve Odgers - AFL Victoria


Carbine Club Coach of the Year
•    Vicky Lee - Slammin Tennis
•    Ian Bridge - Para-Badminton
•    Kerry Woods - Special Olympics Gymnastics

PwC Volunteer of the Year
•    Samir Mahir - Blind Sport and Recreation Victoria
•    Bill Dooley - SOLVE Disability Solutions
•    Nancy Cummane - Cricket Victoria


VicHealth Initiative of the Year - Sport
•    Blind & Low Vision State Championships - Tennis Victoria
•    Creating a Positive Experience for Athletes with Autism in Gymnastics workshop - Gymnastics Victoria
•    Virtual International Day of People with Disability celebration - Belgravia Leisure


VicHealth Initiative of the Year - Active Recreation
•    Virtual Law Enforcement Torch Run - Law Enforcement Torch Run Victoria
•    Fitskills - Latrobe University
•    All Abilities Physical Activity Challenge - GippSport


Polytan Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Space Infrastructure

•    SOLVE Disability Solutions – building development


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