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Western Australian sport and recreation industry awards recognise best of the best

Western Australian sport and recreation industry awards recognise best of the best
July 28, 2016

The best of Western Australia's sport and recreation industry have been recognised at an awards breakfast today at the State Reception Centre in Kings Park.

The Sport and Recreation Industry Awards were judged across 10 categories covering participation, volunteer support, community and professional events, and infrastructure planning and design.

Presenting the Awards Western Australian Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the calibre of nominees and finalists was impressive and showcased the exciting work being done in the industry.

Minister Davies stated "Our industry continues to grow and have a positive impact on the community because its people are thinking outside the box and inspiring large numbers of volunteers to become part of the sport and recreation family.”

The Minister's Award for Industry Excellence, which comes with a prize of $10,000, was awarded to the City of Gosnells. It took out the Places and Spaces: Planning and Design Award for the Mills Park Project, which involved the complete redevelopment of a 24-hectare park, replacing old facilities which were struggling to meet the needs of a growing and changing suburban community.

Minister Davies added “this project represents an excellent example of the complete redevelopment of a community sporting precinct, aimed at meeting the needs of a growing community.

"Mills Park now incorporates a range of sporting activities that better meet community need, increasing active playing space by 37% and delivering outdoor fitness equipment and event space and environmentally sustainable parklands."

The other major award - the John Graham Award - was presented to two winners, Jeff Fondacaro, current President of Leisure Institute of WA (Aquatics) Inc (LIWA Aquatics), and Mike Allenby, former Chairman of the WA Sports Federation.

Minister Davies concluded “the deep passion these men have for sport and recreation contributes to keeping the industry vibrant and active. Both winners have each contributed extensively to the sport and recreation community for more than 40 years, both professionally and personally

2016/17 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards winners

Organisational Excellence Award 
Gymnastics Western Australia 

Commitment to Participation Award
Coolbinia Bombers Junior Football Club (Starkick Program)

Places and Spaces: Planning and Design Award
City of Gosnells (Mills Park Project)

Heart Foundation (Healthy Active by Design)
Supporting Volunteers Award

Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA Volunteer Management Framework)
Denmark Basketball Association (Give2Sport)

Regional Excellence Award
Ngurra Kujungka 

Event of the Year Award: Professional 
Triathlon WA (SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon)

Event of the Year Award: Community 
Inclusion WA (City of Bayswater: Have a Go Day)

Innovation in Practice Award
City of Armadale (U Fit - Park Edition)

Women in Sport and Recreation Award
Motorcycling Western Australia (Motorcycling Western Australian Women Program)

True Sport Award
Netball WA (Multicultural Netball Carnival)

John Graham Award
Jeff Fondacaro (pictured below) and Mike Allenby

Minister's Award for Industry Excellence
City of Gosnells

The Sport and Recreation Industry Awards are held every two years and are supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation, WA Sports Federation, Parks and Leisure Australia (WA), Fitness Australia, Outdoors WA and LIWA Aquatics.

Click here to view the full list of nominees.

12th July 2016 - ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS NATIONAL CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE CLOSURE A BLOW TO WOMEN’S SPORT

3rd June 2016 - WESTERN AUSTRALIAN PREMIER SAYS NEW MILLS PARK COMPLEX SETS A ‘BENCHMARK’ FOR SPORTING FACILITIES

13th April 2016 - NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIAN SPORT AND RECREATION INDUSTRY AWARDS

9th March 2016 - LIWA AQUATICS TO PRESENT NEW WATCH AROUND WATER ‘FACILITY OF THE YEAR’ AWARD

26th October 2015 - WESTERN AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY SPORTSHOUSES RECEIVE $1.5 MILLION FUNDING

20th June 2014 - FINALISTS SHOWCASE THE BEST IN WESTERN AUSTRALIAN SPORT AND RECREATION

13th November 2012 - SERVICE AWARD FOR LIWA AQUATICS PRESIDENT 


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