Help celebrate inclusive sport and recreation

Last year''s VDSR Awards Female Sportsperson of the Year, Hannah Macdougall.

Unsung sporting heroes and rising stars are on their way to being discovered with nominations for the Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation (VDSR) Awards now open.

The VDSR awards celebrate the achievements of sportspeople with disability as well as the coaches, organisations, officials and volunteers who support them.

The award nominations opened on 24 January, meaning those who know someone that has made an outstanding contribution to inclusive sport and recreation can now nominate.

Last year, numerous locals won VDSR awards including Lilydale’s Mellissa Hale, the Access all Terrain Program at Mount Evelyn’s YMCA camp and Yarra Ranges Council’s Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail chicanes.

Disability Sport and Recreation CEO Richard Amon said nominating for the awards is a great way to support inclusive sport and recreation.

“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.

“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.”

The 2020 VDSR Award categories include Lifetime Achievement Award, Female Sportsperson of the Year, My Sport Live Male Sportsperson of the Year, Marg Angel Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Masters Sportsperson of the Year, Carbine Club Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Official of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Initiative of the Year and the Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Space Infrastructure Award.

The VDSR Awards have previously celebrated elite-level Paralympians and recognised the dedication and commitment to the sector by many individuals.

The VDSR award nominations will close at midnight on 15 March.

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