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Her Sport Her Way Awards

Important dates:
Nominations open: 20 November 2020
Nominations close: 14 January 2021
Awards announced: March 2021

Her Sport Her Way Award 2020-2021 Guidelines

Nominate an individual or organisation

Her Sport Her Way Award Winners 2019-2020

About the awards

Many individuals, clubs and organisations are striving to give women and girls more opportunities and equal access to participate in their sport. We want to recognise those people and highlight the important work they are doing.

Recognising and celebrating the achievements of leaders in women’s sport through awards and storytelling shines a light on gender equity across the sector.

The Awards will be presented around International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March 2021. The IWD 2021 campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge and more information can be found on the International Women’s Day website

Award categories

Young Achiever

Recognises an individual under 25 who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of women or girls in sport during the 2020 calendar year.

Examples include:  

  • Developing innovative programs to attract and retain female participants or develop female leaders
  • Encouraging the participation rate of adolescent girls
  • An official, coach, administrator or leader who is breaking new ground in their sport.
Outstanding Organisation

Recognises an organisation’s significant contribution and commitment to the advancement of sport for women and girls during the 2020 calendar year.

Examples include:  

  • Work towards pay parity and equal opportunities for female athletes and staff
  • Building positive, gender inclusive sporting cultures
  • Increasing sponsorship and investment in women’s sport and showcasing female athletes
  • Providing facilities that meet the current and future needs of women and girls
  • Supporting women or girls to reach their potential on and off the field.
Local Champion

Recognises an individual involved at club or community level sport for their contribution and commitment to increasing opportunities for women and girls during the 2020 calendar year.

Examples include:

  • Reducing barriers to participation and creating inclusive sport experiences that reflect what women and girls want
  • Introducing a competition for women and girls to participate in a non-traditional sport
  • Driving a significant female participation increase
  • Providing opportunities for women and girls to get involved as leaders, coaches and officials.

Recognises up to three women per year whose exceptional efforts over the long-term have removed barriers for women and girls in sport and made it easier for them to participate and succeed.  Trailblazers’ efforts have left a legacy for their sport that will not be forgotten.

Examples of achievements include any of the above contributions over a period greater than ten years.

Champion Recognises a woman for her outstanding achievements during 2020, as a coach, official, administrator or leader, and her commitment to furthering opportunities for women and girls to participate.
Examples include:
  • Being a tireless advocate for equal opportunities for women and girls in sport 
  • Supporting or being a role model for girls and women who want to compete or work in sport
  • Improving the visibility of women in sport through work in broadcast/media
  • Research that contributes to the evidence base about female participants and their needs.

Who is eligible?

Young Achiever NSW residents under 25 years of age Open to all
Local Champion Women over 18 years residing in NSW Open to all
Outstanding Organisation NSW based state sporting organisations, state sporting organisations for people with disability, associations, clubs, non-government, incorporated not-for-profit organisations Self-nomination
Trailblazer Women over 18 years residing in NSW NSW based state sporting organisations and state sporting organisations for people with disability
Champion Women over 18 years residing in NSW Open to all

How to nominate

  • Nominations are to be made via the online form available on the Office of Sport website and a separate form is to be submitted for each nominee (500-word limit in on-line form)
  • Nominations must outline how the person or organisation demonstrates the qualities and achievements described by the award category
  • Achievements relate to the 2020 calendar year only, with the exception of the Trailblazers category
  • Nominations must include a letter of support from the nominee’s organisation 
  • Only information included within the nomination form and supporting letter will be used by the selection panel
  • Only one nomination under each category will be accepted from an individual or organisation
  • Incomplete nominations will be deemed ineligible
  • Information submitted in the nomination, excluding the nominee’s contact details, may be used for promotional purposes.

Judging panel

A panel comprising Office of Sport staff and an independent sports leader will assess and judge award winners in each category.

Further information

For further information or assistance, contact the Office of Sport’s Her Sport Her Way team via email.