Wheelchair Sport NSW / ACT’s ‘How I Roll’ initiative named winner of Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards


The winners of the 2021 Australian Sport, Recreation and Play Innovation Awards have been announced and Wheelchair Sport NSW / ACT’s ‘How I Roll’ initiative has been named winner in six categories.

Presented last night during the National Sports Convention (NSC) prayer in Melbourne, the awards – presented by Paralympics Australia President Jock O’Callaghan – celebrated the industry’s achievements and excellence, recognizing the challenges of the Covid pandemic,

Based on the idea “If she can see it, she can be”, Wheelchair Sports NSW / ACT wanted to increase the number of role models for girls and women in wheelchair sport.

With funding from the NSW Office of Sport, they wrote a song called “How I Roll” describing the tenacity and spirit of the girls and women in the community. They teamed up with ARIA Award winner Casey Donovan on vocals and Mo MacRae to direct the video.

As a result of “How I Roll” and other initiatives, the number of women members of Wheelchair Sports NSW / ACT has increased from 29% to 35% in the past 12 months.

Commenting on the awards, NSC Coordinator Martin Sheppard said: “This year we had the most nominations, and what a way to celebrate those two difficult years. Tonight we recognized the success of our industry and what organizations are doing to encourage Australians to be more active through innovative approaches. “

The finalists and winners in each award category were:

1. Programs, activities and events
Innovative programs, activities and events that have been developed to encourage the community to be more active.
• Cumberland City Council (NSW) – Healthy Children’s Initiative
• AusCycling – Brisbane Cycling Festival
• Belgravia Leisure – Online learning programs for mental health and industry training
Winner: Cumberland City Council (NSW) – Healthy Kids Initiative

2. Sports surfaces
Innovative solutions that allow greater intensity and durability of natural, hybrid and synthetic or hard court surfaces that allow greater use.
• Coffs Harbor City Council (NSW) – Coffs Coast Sport & Leisure Park – Synthetic pitches
• Landscape solutions – Kolombo reserve
• Queensland Stadiums – Bermuda Turf Trial at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Center (QSAC)
Winner: Stadiums Queensland – Queensland Sport and Athletics Center (QSAC) Bermuda Turf Trial

3. Technological solutions and products
Business-to-business or business-to-consumer innovations that encourage more people to participate, play and recreate themselves.
• AusCycling – Ride Nation Market
• University of Western Australia – KIDDO: improve your move
• The Y NSW – Online Gymnastics Classes
Winner: AusCycling – Ride Nation Marketplace

4. Design and development of playgrounds
Designs and developments that allow and encourage more children to play, have fun and be active.
• a_space Australia – Guyatt Park, Park Warrior Course
• IPAN Deakin University (Victoria) – ProjectPARK
• Place Design Group – Variety Livvi’s Place, Glenfield
Winner: Place Design Group – Variety Livvi’s Place, Glenfield

5. Marketing and communication innovations
Packaging and communicating an opportunity in a way that has innovatively encouraged more people to be active.
• Golf Australia – Visionary of the year
• Town of Swan (Western Australia) – Swan Active – COVID 19 response for children
• NSW / ACT Wheelchair Sports – How I Ride
Winner: NSW / ACT Wheelchair Sports – How I Roll

6. Design and development of facilities
Innovative and sustainable design and management that create an environment where people are active.
• Dwp | Design Worldwide Partnership – Stade Eric Tweedale
• Town of Swan (Western Australia) – Beechboro Community Center
• Monash Council (Victoria) – Redevelopment of Oakleigh Recreation Center
Winner: Monash Council (Victoria) – Oakleigh Recreation Center Redevelopment

7. Overall winner of the Australian Sport, Leisure and Gaming Innovation Award
“How I Roll” – NSW / ACT Wheelchair Sport.

This year’s National Convention on Sport and Physical Activity (NSC) pivoted and provided a mix of online main sessions, over 40 hours of on-demand workshops and the NSC in-person prayer at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center yesterday.

More information on the National Convention on Sports and Physical Activity is available at www.nationalsportsconvention.com.au

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