Every year, the Victorian Sport Awards receives hundreds of nominations which aim to recognise and celebrate those members of our Victorian community and the 2017 Victorian Sport Awards was no exception.
The quality and breadth of the nominations received makes selecting the finalists a difficult endeavour, which is why the 2017 Victorian Sport Awards sought the help of 32 highly qualified Victorian sports people to constitute the judging panels charged with picking the finalists across the 18 categories.
Last night, Wednesday 14 March, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre the Victorian sporting community celebrated the achievements of our home grown sporting heroes and legends and all those behind the scenes who helped them get there.
Minister for Sport, John Eren proudly says;
“Last night saw the recognition of some wonderful Victorians who do so much for others and our great state ‐ and on behalf of the government I congratulate you all.
Sport is about community. Victoria wouldn’t be the sporting capital without the hard work of our volunteers, players and fans ‐ the very people that make our local clubs tick.
You make a world of difference for countless Victorians through sport and recreation on and off the field.”
Vicsport Interim CEO Michael Sholly says;
“Last night was a wonderful celebration of the Victorian sporting community. The ability to showcase sport across all levels, makes for a special occasion. The Victorian Sport Awards provides the opportunity for community participants to share the stage with our home grown national and international athletes.
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners, notably Cadel Evans who was the recipient of the State Government of Victoria Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award.”
The Victorian Sport Awards are presented by the State Government of Victoria and Vicsport.
The winners in all categories are as follows:
Victorian Coach of the Year
- Damien Hardwick – Richmond Football Club
Victorian Community Coach of the Year
- David Hickman – Basketball
Victorian Official of the Year
- Brad Mannix – Gymnastics
Victorian Community Official of the Year
- Muriel Aberline – Swimming
Victorian Team of the Year
- Commonwealth Bank Victorian Bushrangers
Victorian Young Team of the Year
- Victorian Junior Aerodance Team
Victorian Male Athlete of the Year
- Cameron Smith – Melbourne Storm
Victorian Female Athlete of the Year
- Britt Cox – Mogul Skiing
Victorian Young Athlete of the Year
- Isis Holt – Para-athletics
Victorian Masters Sport Award
- Linley Frame – Swimming
Outstanding Contribution to Victorian Sport
- Cadel Evans
Service to Victorian Community Sport
- Alexander (Sandy) Frame – Swimming
Victorian Young Volunteer of the Year
- Luqman Latif – Tennis
Victorian Sports Administrator of the Year
- Belinda Kleverlaan – Tennis
Victorian Local Government Initiative of the Year
- Active Maribyrnong Spring into Summer Series
Victorian Outdoor/Active Recreation Initiative of the Year
- Wheel Women
Victorian Sport Development Initiative of the Year
- “I Speak Football” program
Victorian Community Sporting Club of the Year
- Malvern Marlins Masters Swimming Club
Victorian Community Sporting Event of the Year
- Eltham-Dandenong Junior Basketball Tournament
Outstanding Contribution to Sport and Recreation
- Cadel Evans