16th February, 2023 — Good Sports awards
2022 Good Sports Awards
The Good Sports Awards ceremony celebrating our 2022 winners was hosted by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation at Parliament House, Canberra in February 2023.
These Awards shine the spotlight on the passionate clubs and volunteers. These clubs and people are giving their all to their sport. They work hard to improve the health and wellbeing of members, families and sporting communities.
Congratulations to all our fantastic winners and runners-up!
Good Sports Club of the Year
The Good Sports Club of the Year Award goes to a club who has reached the top level of the Good Sports program. Inspiring positive change and building a healthier, more family-friendly club environment where everyone feels welcome. This club is a champion within their community and has made their club the very best it can be by committing to, and going above and beyond, the core requirements of the Good Sports program.
This year, the Good Sports Club of the Year is Woodbridge Cricket Club from Tasmania.
The state and territory winners of Club of the Year are:
- ACT Water Wombats
- NSW Manly United Football Club
- QLD Spiders Boxing Club Inc
- SA Powerblades Dragon Boat Racing Club of SA
- NT Pints Netball Club
- VIC Melton Rugby Union Football Club
- WA Warwick Greenwood Cricket Club
- TAS Woodbridge Cricket Club
Good Sports Volunteer of the Year
The Good Sports Volunteer of the Year Award recognises the club volunteer who is the beating heart of their club. They give their all to their club and expect nothing in return, they are a local hero.
This year, the Good Sports Volunteer of the Year is Tammie Tugwell from Angas Go Kart Club, South Australia.
The state and territory winners for Volunteer of the Year are:
- ACT Bruce Rossel - Western District Rugby Football Club
- NSW Michael Koellner - Ballina Seagulls Rugby League Football Club
- QLD Vic Pascoe - Ipswich & District Athletics Club
- SA Tammie Tugwell - Angas Go Kart Club
- NT Kellie Moir - Pints Netball Club
- VIC Terri O'Reilly - Melbourne Uni Women's Football Club
- WA Niccole Cooper - Esperance Hockey Association
- TAS Kylee Chivers - Tasmania University Football Club
Good Sports New Club of the Year
This award goes to a Good Sports club who is new to the program. Since recently coming on board, they have worked quickly and with commitment to affect change at their club, taking responsibility for their members and building a healthier, more family-friendly environment where everyone feels welcome.
The Good Sports New Club of the Year winner is Kofukan Karate Australia Inc. from Western Australia.
Good Sports Mental Health Excellence Award
This Award goes to a Good Sports club who has been a fantastic example of promoting mental health awareness. They have undertaken positive activities that look after both the minds and bodies of their club members.
The Mental Health Excellence Award goes to Tasmania University Football Club.
Good Sports Junior Club of the Year
This Award goes to a Good Sports Junior club who has gone above and beyond to role model healthy behaviours and create a safer place for juniors to play sport.
The Junior Club of the Year is Geelong Junior Marlins Water Polo Club from Victoria.
Good Sports Safe Transport Award
This award goes to a Good Sports club who has put the safety of their members as top priority by implementing a transport policy to ensure everyone gets home safe.
The Good Sports Safe Transport Award goes to Forest Rangers Football Club from New South Wales.
Good Sports Community Club Award
This award goes to a club who has had a positive impact on their wider community outside of their members and families, by going above and beyond the core requirements of a sports club.
The Good Sports Community Club Award goes to Junee Taekwondo - SEAT from New South Wales.
The runners up for the national awards are:
- Club of the Year - Spiders Boxing Club Inc. from Queensland
- Volunteer of the Year - Niccole Cooper - Esperance Hockey Association from WA
- Safe Transport Award - Natimuk United Football Club from Victoria
- Community Club Award - Goodwood Saints Football Club from South Australia
- Mental Health Excellence Award - Sandhurst Football Netball Club from Victoria
- Junior Club of the Year - Beverley Hills Junior Football Club from Victoria
- New Club of the Year - Fraser Coast Swimming Club from Queensland
The runners up for the State Club of the Year award are:
- ACT Belconnen Ramblers Basketball Club
- NSW Careel Bay Tennis Club
- QLD Fraser Coast Swimming Club
- SA Tea Tree Gully Athletics Centre
- VIC Melbourne University Women's Football Club
- WA Collie Underwater Hockey Club
- TAS Dominoes Basketball Club
The runners up for the State Volunteer of the Year are:
- ACT Carol Jennings - Water Wombats
- NSW Dean Malcolm - Tuross Head Tennis Club
- QLD Kylie Burford - Spiders Boxing Club Inc
- SA Amber Valentine-Proffit - Aldinga Netball Club
- VIC Les Miller - Reservoir Cobras Cricket Club
- WA Lisa Huggins - Riverton Calisthenics Club
- TAS Michael Claxton - Westbury Cricket Club
Ministers commend Good Sports clubs
Working with more than 10,000 community sports clubs, Good Sports is Australia’s largest community health sports program. It’s managed by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation and federally funded by the Australian Government.
Australian Health Minister, the Hon Mark Butler MP, applauded the Good Sports Awards finalists, calling them community leaders.
“Each finalist should be proud of their work in helping to make their local sports clubs the very best they can be. By adopting healthy practices and policies, Good Sports clubs are leaders in their communities,” Minister Butler said.
“Local sports clubs are far more than places where people gather to enjoy sport. They play an important role in modelling healthy behaviours, both on and off the field,” he added.
Australian Sports Minister, The Hon Anika Wells MP, commended the awards recipients.
“Your dedication to providing positive, inclusive and healthy places for locals to play sport, is inspiring,” Minister Wells said.
“Sport is part of Australia’s DNA and our local sporting clubs are the heart and soul of our communities. Sport offers so many benefits, including boosting people’s confidence, self-esteem, resilience, and general health,” she said.