Awarded for outstanding achievement at State, National and / or International level in the nomination period.

 

Conditions of Entry

Nominee must be primarily based in the Illawarra and / or consider Illawarra to be their home.

 The following criteria will be taken into account for judging:

  • Level of competition/s participated in
  • Outstanding achievement/s during the nomination period (at State, National and / or International level)
  • Significance of achievements and contribution to their sport

 

1. ELIGIBLE CRITERIA FOR AWARDS

 All nominees for awards must be;

  • Residents of the Illawarra Region; or
  • Identify the Illawarra region as “home”; or
  • Participate in a team that is located or representative of the Illawarra; or
  • Whilst competing or training elsewhere returns to the Illawarra whilst not competing
  • The Illawarra consist of the five Council boundaries of;
    • Wollongong
    • Wingecarribee
    • Shoalhaven
    • Kiama
    • Shellharbour
  • The identified performance must have occurred (for this inaugural awards) between the period of 1 July 2021 and 30 October 2022
  • The location of the performance is not restricted to the Illawarra
  • Athletes can be eligible for and nominate for more than one award

 

2. NOMINATION PROCESS

The nomination and selection process for each Award shall be via the Illawarra Sports Awards website

  • Nominations for the Award should be supported by evidence / reference to the performance with as much detail as possible to assist the judging panel.
  • Nominations for
    • Male
    • Female
    • Coach
    • Team
    • Local Hero

should be supported or endorsed by the Association / Club / State Sporting Organisation or National Sporting Organisation.

  • Nominations for
    • Sporting Moment
    • People’s Choice Award

Can come from any nominee and be provided to the panel via the Illawarra Sports Awards website. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will occur through the Illawarra Mercury website.

Online nomination forms shall be completed and submitted to the panel by the nominated date (31 October 2022)

 

3. SELECTION PANELS

  • The selection panel will consist of;
      • A representative of the Illawarra Mercury
      • A representative from the Illawarra Academy of Sport
      • An independent representative that has no affiliation to any specific club within the region
      • A senior sports administrator from the region
      • Additional independent nominees as deemed appropriate
  • Confidentiality of discussion and ultimate selection is paramount and no selector is able to divulge to any person the winner prior to announcement.

 

4. SELECTION PROCESS

The selection panel is to identify the athlete who is the deserving winner of the identified Award

  • Each panel member must review each nomination and award a mark for each assessment factor (see Schedule) using the Athlete Ranking Form as a guide
  • The Athlete Ranking form will be used as a guide for deliberations that should include the number of competitors, the level of competition and the status of the event within the sport.
  • The Athlete Ranking form is a guide only and may be chosen to rank the nominations from highest to lowest and additional information can be sought to determine an outcome.
  • Consideration of all factors is applied by all panelists
  • Under no circumstances will the specific deliberations or considerations be divulged outside of the selection panel except to identify the process that has occurred.

 

5. GENERAL

  • The members of the selection panels shall be requested to maintain confidentiality with respect to their deliberations and the results thereof and will be requested to destroy all documents relating to the selection process upon completion of the judging.
  • In the event that any member perceives that they have a conflict of interest they will immediately advise the Panel who will proceed to appoint another panelist if required.

Appeals

There is to be no appeal of the decision of the Selection Panel.

 

Male Athlete of the Year

  • Nominees should have a undertaken a sporting performance that has been, in some way remarkable.
  • Performance can be an individual performance or part of a team
  • Nominations can include the selection in a State or National team but must also include a performance that is worthy of note
  • Performance can be in same sex or mixed sex team

 

Female Athlete of the Year

  • Nominees should have a undertaken a sporting performance that has been, in some way remarkable.
  • Performance can be an individual performance or part of a team
  • Nominations can include the selection in a State or National team but must also include a performance that is worthy of note
  • Performance can be in same sex or mixed sex team

 

Examples could include;

  • MVP award in a Grand Final
  • A specific performance that has placed then above the rest of the field
  • A performance at a National championships that indicates excellence in their field
  • Representation (and performance) at an international event

 

Coach of the Year

This category is wide open and seeks to recognise the outstanding performance of a coach in attaining a high quality outcome. It could be that the coach exceeded all expectations by bringing the team from an unremarkable position to achieve a great outcome – and may not necessarily result in a winning performance.

Additionally, we are looking for the qualities that the coach brings to enable the performance of the team or individual.

It could reflect the innovation that the coach has employed to assist athletes achieve performance levels above and beyond expectations.

A coach undertakes countless hours reviewing past performance, analysing the opposition and identifying the strengths and weaknesses in his or her own charges and those that they compete against.

A quality coach brings out the best of the individual. They are a psychologist, physiologist, motivator, friend and often a confidant.

The coach of the year could well come from the U17 Netball competition as much as they could come from the Olympic or Commonwealth Games team.

Nominees should address the following areas for the Illawarra Sport Award Coach of the Year Award

  • The performance of the athletes
  • The competition level that they coached at
  • The specific attributes that place them above all other coaches
  • The obstacles that they may have met and overcome
  • The rapport between the coach and the athlete
  • Where did the coaching performance occur? Was the coach based in the Illawarra? Was it an Illawarra athlete / team or is the coach an Illawarra coach that performed their craft outside of the Illawarra?

 

Team of the Year (nominate here)

The Illawarra Sports Awards Team of the Year could come from a National league, a State league or a Regional or Club team.

The panellists will review the following information to determine the Illawarra Sports Awards Team of the Year

  • The level of the performance (World, National, State, Association, Club level)
  • The specific achievements of the team
  • Any remarkable elements that enabled the high performance of the team (e.g. won the last 8 games straight to reach finals and go on to achieve a given outcome)
  • The contribution that the team has made to the Illawarra community

 

Local Hero of the Year (nominate here)

The Illawarra Sports Award Local Hero category is dedicated to the hard working volunteers and stalwarts that make sport happen. The local hero could be the mum of the U9’s that went above and beyond or the manager of a State franchise that secured their future.

Do you know someone that deserves the honour of knowing that they were nominated for this award? Imagine that they were listed as a finalist!

Criteria for Selection

The panellists will review the following information to determine the Illawarra Sports Awards Local Hero of the Year

  • The contribution that they have made to the club / association / team / sport and how that has impacted upon the Illawarra region
  • The attribute that the Local Hero has displayed in undertaking their task
  • The specific task / activity / that they should be recognised for
  • Testimonials from the team / association / organisation to support the nomination

Sporting Moment of the Year

The Sporting Moment(s) of the Year are those that remains etched in the memory of the Illawarra Community as sensational, emotional or simply remarkable! Do you remember the time that Decathlete Cedric Dubler cajoled and (verbally) pushed his teammate Ashley Maloney across the line for an Olympic Medal?

It could be the devastation of Annemiek van Vleuten when she fell at the start of the Teams Time Trial at the UCI World Road Cycling Championships – or indeed her win in the Road Race after such a devastating injury?

Was it when the Illawarra Hawks beat the Sydney Kings to finish second and earn home court advantage in a semi-final battle with their NSW rivals?

Did you remember when Kieran Woolley had his outstanding run to place himself as a finalist in the Olympic Skateboarding?

Was it the nail-biting qualification of Saya Sakakibara just qualifying into the semis at the Olympic BMX race – carrying the weight of her brother’s devastating crash in her journey?

Or was the sporting moment the time that Emma McKeon cemented herself as the G.O.A.T in becoming Australia’s most successful Olympian in history, the greatest female swimmer ever at a single Olympic Games by winning four gold and three bronze medals at the Olympics?

It does not have to be the best performance – it simply has to the biggest sporting moment of the year. Nominate your biggest sporting moment of the year.

The panellists will review the following information to determine the Illawarra Sports Awards top Sporting Moments of the Year

  • The significance of the event and how that event impacted the Illawarra sporting community
  • The circumstances that had led to the event and the significance of the outcome
  • The capacity for such an event to generate real emotion in those that were watching the event
  • The spectacular nature that the game, event, competition or performance engendered

 

People’s Choice Award

  • All nominees for awards must be;
    • Residents of the Illawarra Region; or
    • Identify the Illawarra region as “home”; or
    • Participate in a team that is located or representative of the Illawarra; or
    • Whilst competing or training elsewhere returns to the Illawarra whilst not competing
  • The Illawarra consist of the five Council boundaries of;
    • Wollongong
    • Wingecarribee
    • Shoalhaven
    • Kiama
    • Shellharbour
  • The identified performance must have occurred (for this inaugural awards) between the period of 1 July 2021 and 30 October 2022
  • The location of the performance is not restricted to the Illawarra
  • Athletes can be eligible for and nominate for more than one award