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Sports and Play Industry Association recognises excellence with 2023 Industry Awards

Sports and Play Industry Association recognises excellence with 2023 Industry Awards
October 6, 2023

The Sports and Play Industry Association (SAPIA) has announced the winners of its 2023 Awards, recognising member achievements in the design, construction, installation, testing and maintenance of sports and play facilities throughout Australia and New Zealand - along with innovation in the manufacture and supply of sports and play surfacing materials and equipment.

Presented at SAPIA’s recent 2023 Annual Conference in Sydney, the winners were chosen from more than 100 entries.

Design
Winner
SportEng
- West End Regional Multi-Sports Facility, Griffith, NSW
Second
SportEng
- Cranbrook School Multi-use Oval. Bellevue Hill, NSW 
Third 
Sports Design Group
- Athelstone Synthetic Football Pitch, South Australia

Innovation 
Winner
APT Asia Pacific
- Temperature Reduction Court Surfacing (pictured below)


Second
NT Shade
- Jingili Water Garden, Northern Territory
Third
Glooloop Surfacing
- Melbourne Southbank Boulevard Park 

Supplementary Projects 
Winner
Playsafe Fencin
g - Fairfax Walk North Head, NSW
Second
Astro Synthetic Surfaces
- Whiteman Park Healing Pathway & Shelter, Western Australia 

Play Equipment Installations
Winner
NT Shade
- Zuccoli Village Playground, Northern Territory

Surfacing - Early Learning Play Spaces 
Winner
Glooloop Surfacing
- Carramar Early Learning Centre, NSW

Surfacing - School Play Spaces 
Winner
Rubbertough Industries
- St Michael’s Grammar School, Victoria
Second =
Surfacing Contractors Australia
- Black Friars Priory School, South Australia
Synthetic Grass & Rubber Surfaces - Aspect School Terrigal, NSW
Third
NT Shade
- Wagaman Primary School, Northern Territory

Surfacing - Commercial Facility Play Spaces
Winner
Glooloop Surfacing
- Allianz Stadium Forecourt, NSW (pictured below)


Second
NT Shade
- Darwin Golf Club Playground
Third
Rubbertough Industries
- Thornhill Stage 17 Reserve, Victoria

Surfacing - Council Play Spaces 
Winner
Surfacing Contractors Australia
- Broadwater Parklands, Queensland
Second
Bruce’s Playgrounds
- Blue Poles Whitlam, ACT
Third
Rubbertough Industries
- Bloomdale Stage 32 Reserve, Victoria

Surfacing - Regional Play Spaces 
Winner
Rubbertough Industries
- Lyndarum North Community Park, Victoria
Second
Glooloop Surfacing
- Sir Joseph Banks Regional Playground, NSW

Sports Lighting Installations 
Winner
Smartlux/Precision Sports Lighting + Electrical
- Kayo Stadium (Redcliffe Dolphins), Queensland (pictured top and below)


Second
Light Up Sports
- Goulburn Hockey LED Lighting Upgrades, NSW

Sports Equipment Installations 
Winner
Hitech Sports
- Baldivis ISC, Western Australia 
Second
Hitech Sports
- All Saints Anglican College, Queensland
Third
Hitech Sports
- Aspley State High School, Queensland

Multi-Sports Projects 
Winner
Grassports Queensland
- Somerville House, Queensland
Second
Sportszone Group
- Berry Park Retirement Village, NSW
Third
Grassports Australia
- Belgrave Heights Christian School, Victoria

Indoor Sports Projects 
Winner
Grassports Queensland
- Palm Beach Currumbin State High School, Queensland
Second
Synthetic Grass & Rubber Surfaces
- Jewells Primary School, NSW

Surfacing - Sports Fields 
Winner
Grassports Australia
- Beaconhills College, Victoria
Second
Grassports Australia
- Pegs Hockey Pitch, Victoria

Surfacing - Commercial Sports Courts (Acrylic)
Winner
Dynamic Sports Facilities Australia
- Wallsend Active Hub, NSW (pictured below)


Second
West Coast Sporting Surfaces
- Wilson Park Belmont, Western Australia
Third
The Sports Court Builders
- Rivermont College, Queensland

Construction - Sports Fields 
Winner
Court Craft -
Matraville State High School, NSW
Second
Grassports Australia
- Pinewood Primary School, Victoria
Third
Synthetic Sports Group
- Dorchester JJC, NSW

Construction - Commercial Sports Courts (Acrylic) 
Winner
Grassports Queensland
- Helensvale State High School, Queensland
Second
Court Craft
- Ballina Netball, NSW 
Third
Jordin Sports Constructions
- Mango Hill Netball, Queensland

Construction - Commercial Sports Courts (Synthetic Grass) 
Winner
Grassports Australia
- Caulfield Park Tennis Centre, Victoria (pictured below)


Second
Sportszone Group
- Parkes High School, NSW 

Surfacing - Domestic Sports Courts (Acrylic)
Winner
B&T Pool Painting & Court Surfacing
- Woodend, Victoria 
Second
West Coast Sporting Surfaces
- Gidgegannup, Western Australia
Third
Grassports Queensland
- Tallebudgera Valley, Queensland

Surfacing - Domestic Sports Courts (Synthetic Grass)
Winner
Grassports Australia
- Park Orchards, Victoria
Second
Jordin Sports Constructions
- Chelmer, Queensland 
Third
Champion Grass by Premier Grass
- Lindfield, NSW

SAPIA’s Awards
Conducted since 2000, SAPIA’s annual Industry Awards Program is based on members submitting their sports, playground and recreation projects for evaluation by specialist judges.

Their purpose of is to support the association’s goal of promoting excellence in sports court, sports field, playground and recreation facility design, construction, maintenance, surfacing and servicing as well as product innovation. The program recognises the work of its members who are participating in achieving this goal and provides members with the opportunity to celebrate their work.

In 2023, SAPIA members submitted a record 108 Awards entries, every one of them a resounding endorsement that members of the Sports & Play Industry Association are Australasia’s experts in the design, construction, surfacing and installation of sports facilities and playgrounds.

The 2023 Industry Awards presentation was held at the SAPIA National Conference’s Gala Dinner on the evening of Friday 1st September.

Click here to view the full list of projects and entrants.

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