The “Start Playing, Stay Playing” Excellence Awards acknowledge the achievements of individuals, groups or organisations going above and beyond to increase and enhance participation opportunities for women and girls in the region.
“We have so many women and men who set the example in volunteering for local sports clubs and keep getting teams on the field every weekend,” said Chris Whiting.
“Winners get $1,000 in prize money and go in the running to win an additional $2,000 for the Minister’s “Start Playing, Stay Playing” Excellence Award.
“The awards opened this week and close on 6 August, so I encourage people to nominate women, teams, organisations or initiatives who set the example through Inspiration, Innovation and Inclusion.”
“Too many Queensland women and girls in the community are missing out on the health and social benefits of sport and active recreation.
“I hope we can change that and that is why our message to women and girls of all ages is to Start Playing and Stay Playing.
“The Inclusion award recognises individuals, groups or organisations who have broken down barriers to include female participants in sport or active recreation.
“The Innovation award recognises individuals, groups or organisations who have implemented an innovative initiative to increase or enhance women’s and girls’ participation.
“The Inspiration award recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, teams or groups who have achieved a significant goal that inspires others.
“In addition, there is an overall Minister’s Start Playing Stay Playing Excellence Award that will be presented to one of the category winners,” said Chris Whiting.
Opportunities and funding for females in sport and active recreation include:
- The $15 million Female Facilities Program to improve sport club facilities for women
- Almost $2 million for the Get Out, Get Active program to fund 75 community initiatives
- Join the Movement as part of the Start Playing Stay Playing initiative.