Sport and recreation’s best and most innovative recognised

09 August 2018
An inclusive hockey team, a collaborative sports weekend and a not-for-profit's dedication to volunteering have all won awards at the 2017/18 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards.
  • Winners of the 2017/18 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards announced
  • Awards recognise exciting and diverse activities in the sport and recreation industry 

James Curtis CEO Football West receiving the Award for Industry Excellence with Minster for Sport and Recreation Mick Murray and DLGSC Director General Duncan Ord.

Announced during a breakfast at Optus Stadium on Wednesday August 8, the biennial awards acknowledge and reward those who have played a crucial role in the development and ongoing management of the sport and recreation industry.

An important industry to Western Australians and our way of life, the awards highlight the exciting and diverse range of work which goes on in sport and recreation.

There were more than 70 entries, and the winners of the 2017/18 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards are:

  • Organisational excellence: Football West
  • Commitment to Participation: Perth Pythons Hockey Club
  • Places and Spaces: Cockburn ARC
  • Supporting Volunteers: Fair Game Australia
  • Regional Excellence: Wirrpanda Foundation
  • Community Event of the Year: WA Football Commission and Netball WA
  • Professional Event of the Year: Tennis Australia
  • True Sport Award: Fremantle Netball Association
  • Leadership: Royal Lifesaving Society WA
  • Innovation in Practice: Western Australian Cricket Association and Inclusion Solutions
  • John Graham Award: Grant Boyce
  • Minister's Award: Football West

The awards showcase the extensive work done behind the scenes from organisations right across the community, such as not-for-profits, local governments, clubs, associations and sports.

Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:

"Congratulations to all the award winners. These awards play an extremely important role in ensuring WA continues to be one of the world's best places to live and enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle.

"The finalists also showcase the exciting emergence of stronger partnerships between sports and stakeholders, and the innovative research and planning taking place to keep the sector strong.

"These people have dedicated much of their lives to ensure the sport and recreation industry continues to contribute to the health, wellbeing and quality of life of so many people.

"In particular I would like to acknowledge Grant Boyce, the winner of the prestigious John Graham Award, presented to individuals for exceptional, long term commitment to sport and recreation."

Grant Boyce receiving the John Graham Award with Minster for Sport and Recreation Mick Murray and DLGSC Director General Duncan Ord.