Awards

The National Sports Convention 2019 hosts  the Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Industry Innovation Awards.

The purpose of the Awards is to recognise individuals, and not-for-profits, commercial, play, recreation and sport sectors, on their innovations to get more people active in the industry. the awards are based on the following categories.

2019 Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Award Categories

1. PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

Innovative programs, activities and events that have been developed to encourage the community to be more active in large numbers.

2. SPORTS SURFACES

Innovative solutions that allow greater intensity and durability of natural, hybrid, synthetic or hard sports surfaces that allow for greater usage.

3. TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTIONS AND PRODUCTS

Business to business or the business to consumer innovations that encourage more people to play sport or be active.

4. PLAYGROUND DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

Designs and developments that allow and encourage more children to play, have fun and be active.

5. YOUNG INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

A young person (under 25) who has developed a program, space, activity, technological solution or innovative partnership that is encouraging more people to be active.

6. MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS INNOVATIONS

The packaging and communication of an opportunity in a manner that has innovatively encouraged more people to be active.

7. FACILITY DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

Innovative design and management that creates an environment where more people are active (built and natural environments).

8. THE OVERALL SPORT, RECREATION AND PLAY INDUSTRY AWARD FOR INNOVATION

This award will provide the prize for the National Sports Convention Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Award. The winner will be chosen from one the above seven winners.

Each category will be independently assessed by a panel of industry experts.
As part of the National Sports Convention, the final three short-listed applicants will be provided with an opportunity to display their innovation as part of the Sport and Recreation Expo for the industry to appreciate their innovations.

The awards will be presented at the National Sports Convention.

Applications open 1st May and close 1st July 2019.

2018 Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Award Winners

The Winners of the Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards were announced at the National Sports Convention Networking Evening.

The Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Award 2018 Overall Winner is Cockburn City Council for the Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre (WA). The council invested $109 million, for a 23,000m2, state-of-the-art, integrated aquatic, recreation, education and elite-athlete training facility for the community.

Congratulations to the winners in each category for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the industry. The category winners were:

Programs, Activities and Events Award
Cumberland Council – 2018 World Traditional Games (NSW)

Sports Surfaces Award
Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands – Centennial Parkland Sports Centre Upgrade (NSW)

Technological Solutions and Products Award
Sportility – Sponsorship and Affordable Sports Uniforms (NSW)

Playground Design and Development Award
Early Education Inc – Tumbalong Lights Inclusive Playground (NSW)

Marketing and Communications Award
VicHealth – This Girl Can Victoria (VIC)

Facility Design and Development Award
City of Cockburn – Design and development of Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre (WA)