Gymnastics Victoria recognised with Disability Award Nominations

The Gymnastics Victoria Special Olympics Gymnastics Pathway has been announced as a finalist for both the Victorian Disability Awards and the Disability Sport and Recreation Awards. 

The Special Olympics Gymnastics Pathway is a Gymnastics Victoria and Special Olympics Australia initiative that aims to increase opportunities for people with an intellectual disability to become more physically active through Gymnastics. 

The Victorian Disability Awards recognise and honour the achievements and contributions of individuals, teams and organisations that provide support, leadership, advocacy, service and education to improve the lives of people with disability living in Victoria.  The Gymnastics Victoria Special Olympics Pathway is nominated for a Victorian Disability Award in the Excellence in Promoting Health, Housing and Wellbeing category. 

The Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards recognise those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to sport with a high level of sportsmanship and outstanding results as well as highlighting those who show excellence in their fields with a genuine desire to help others. The Special Olympics Gymnastics Pathway is a finalist for the VicHealth Initiative of the Year award. 

Gymnastics also received two further nominations with the Casey Gymnastics Special Olympics Athletes nominated as the Carbine Club Team of the Year and Balwyn Gymnastics Team Leader Emma Hosking nominated as Coach of the Year. 

Over the last 12 months, the number of gymnastics clubs offering the Special Olympics pathway quadrupled from 3 to 12, providing participation opportunities to over 500 Victorians with a disability. 

In 2017, 15 Special Olympics Gymnasts competed in the inaugural Victorian Championships event. This was followed by 14 gymnasts competing in the 2018 Victorian Championships with Balwyn Gymnastics Club entering into the competitive pathway. Furthermore, 8 Special Olympics gymnasts were selected to participate in the 2018 Special Olympics National Games in April including two athletes from Casey Gymnastics.

Gymnastics Victoria Inclusion and Programs Manager April Wilson is very proud of the four award nominations which highlight the partnership between Gymnastics and Special Olympics Australia. 

“As an organisation, we couldn’t be prouder to be recognised as finalists in both the Disability Sport and Recreation and Victorian Disability Awards,” said April.

“These nominations highlight our commitment, as well as that of Special Olympics Australia, to supporting our clubs and coaches in creating opportunities for every Victorian to be involved in Gymnastics.”  

Last year Gymnastics Victoria received the Australian Sports Commission Play By The Rules Award for the Special Olympics Gymnastics Pathway and also received the Victorian Disability Award for Excellence in Creating Inclusive Communities for our Aerobase Aerobics Program.  

The Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards will be held on Wednesday 1 August and the Victorian Disability Awards will take place on Thursday 16 August.

Click below for more information on the awards:
Victorian Disability Awards  
Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards