Olympians shine at VIC Sport Awards
21 February 2019
Olympians Scotty James and Melissa Tapper were honoured at the VIC Sport Awards on Wednesday night, both taking out the top gong, Governor's Award - Victorian Male and Female Athlete of the Year.
In front of 500 people the Victorian sporting community celebrated the achievements of their home grown sporting heroes, legends and all those behind the scenes at the VIC Sport Awards on Wednesday night.
Each year the Victorian Sport Awards honours those who have made an outstanding contribution to sport in Victoria as individual or team athletes, coaches, administrators and volunteers from both metropolitan and regional areas in Victoria and the 2018 Victorian Sport Awards was no exception.
Due to the breadth of exceptional contributions to sport, the 2018 Victorian Sport Awards invited 38 highly qualified Victorian sportspeople to constitute the judging panels, charged with picking the finalists and winners across the 19 award categories.
The prestigious Governor's Award - Victorian Male Athlete of the Year - Frank Wilkes Award went to none other than World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist snowboarder Scotty James, while table tennis' Rio 2016 Olympian Melissa Tapper took home the Governor's Award - Victorian Female Athlete of the Year - Kitty McEwan Award.
Tapper shared her gratitude on social media;
"Thank you Governor Linda Dessau and the Vic Sport Team for this incredible honour of being named Victorian Female Athlete of the Year.
"Can’t quite fathom just yet being named alongside the likes of Cathy Freeman, Kim Brennan and Kirstie Marshall for this award.
"Table Tennis continues to give me amazing opportunities, and it only seems to get better. Thanks to my legendary team and supporters.
Vicsport Chairman Ron Gauci said of the evening;
"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 Susan Alberti AC who was the recipient of the Victorian State Government Outstanding Contribution to Victorian Sport Award."
The winners in all categories of the 2018 Victorian Sport Awards are listed below. You can read about their stories to success here.
Victorian State Government Outstanding Contribution to Victorian Sport
- Susan Alberti AC
La Trobe University Victorian Coach of the Year
- Dean Vickerman (Basketball)
Gallagher Victorian Community Coach of the Year
- Wes Canny (Rowing)
Sports Accounting Australia Victorian Official of the Year
- Jessica Haintz (Gymnastics)
Gray-Nicolls Sports Victorian Community Official of the Year
- Phillip Craig (CAMS)
SportsTG Victorian Sports Administrator of the Year - Eunice Gill Award – joint winners
- Rosie King (Netball)
- Karen Pearce (Basketball)
Southern Cross Trophies Victorian Young Volunteer of the Year
- Josh Barila (Swimming)
Love the Game Victorian Community Sporting Club of the Year Award
- Collingwood Basketball Association (Basketball)
Involve Creative Victorian Masters Athlete of the Year
- Anna Davis (Cycling)
SportsLink Travel Victorian Team of the Year
- Melbourne Ice Women (Ice Hockey)
SportsTG Victorian Young Team of the Year
- Victorian 14 & Under Girls State Indoor Cricket Team (Cricket)
Vicsport Victorian Young Athlete of the Year
- Jakara Anthony (Mogul Skiing)
Governor's Award Victorian Male Athlete of the Year - Frank Wilkes Award
- Scotty James (Snowboard)
Governor's Award Victorian Female Athlete of the Year - Kitty McEwan Award
- Melissa Tapper (Table Tennis)
Victorian Local Government Initiative of the Year
- Fit N Fun Program (All Abilities) (Mornington Shire Council)
Victorian Outdoor/Active and Recreation Initiative of the Year
- Escaping Your Comfort Zone
VicHealth Sport Development Initiative of the Year
- Bowling with Babies (Bowls)
My Sport Live Victorian Community Sporting Event of the Year
- Victorian Senior Aboriginal Football and Netball Carnival (The Carnival) (Football & Netball)
Victorian State Government Service to Victorian Community Sport and Recreation
- Elaine Duyvestyn (Softball)
La Trobe University Peter Norman Inclusion Award (inaugural year)
- Erik Denison (Rugby Union)