Disabled sport stars set to be recognised

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Nominations are now open for the 2022 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards.

Finalists will be announced in October and the awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 8.

Disability Sport & Recreation chief executive Richard Amon said the awards will be a celebration of the achievements of sportspeople with disability, the coaches, organisations, officials and volunteers who support them and the inclusive sport and recreation sector across Victoria, including those in Melbourne’s north.

“As the awareness around inclusive sport and recreation grows, so too does the number of programs and initiatives supporting Victorians with disability to get active,” he said.

“Our sector is made up of many humble people, who quietly go about volunteering, coaching and supporting people with disability so they can live healthy, active lives.

“Together, these individuals, organisations and clubs are making tremendous, positive change in the lives of people with disability.”

The award categories will be:

* Kevin Coombs Lifetime Achievement Award;

* My Sport Live Sportsperson of the Year – Elite;

* My Sport Live Sportsperson of the Year – Community;

* Marg Angel Junior Sportsperson of the Year;

* Masters Sportsperson of the Year;

* Coach/Fitness Leader of the Year;

* PwC Volunteer of the Year;

* Initiative of the Year

* Administrator of the Year;

* Active Recreation and Leisure Initiative of the Year;

* Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Space Infrastructure Award; and

* Team of the Year

Mr Amon said state sporting associations, regional sport assemblies, local government, individuals, teammates, club members, coaches or their local community can nominate in recognition of outstanding contribution to inclusive sport and recreation.

“We strongly encourage everyone to consider those people who are making a quiet, but significant impact in their communities and acknowledge their contribution by nominating them for an award,” he said.

“The outstanding achievement on the sporting field will also be considered including the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic games held in late 2021.”

Nominations close at midnight on Wednesday, August 31.

Details: www.dsr.org.au/vdsr-awards