Women Sport Australia (WSA) were thrilled to have two finalists in the Victoria Sport Awards. Finalists were announced for the 2021 Victorian Sport Awards (VSAs) in April and included WSA President Gen Dohrmann as a finalist in the Volunteer of the Year category and the Women in Sport Photo Action Awards (#WISPAA) as a finalist in the Outstanding Media Coverage category.
The Victorian Sport Awards honour those who have made an exceptional contribution to sport and active recreation in Victoria with the 2021 Awards acknowledging individual and team athletes as well as coaches, administrators, volunteers and the initiatives that promoted participation from both metropolitan and regional areas during the 2021 calendar year.
VALO Volunteer of the Year – Gen Dohrmann
In her first year as President of Women Sport Australia, Gen led a voluntary board of 11 directors to increase the organisation’s visibility to new heights. In 2021, WSA had 40 participants in the online Women in Sport mentoring program including seven scholarships funded by partner Shona Joy, received 313 image submissions for the Women in Sport Photo Action Award competition that involved News Corp as a media partner, launched Gender Equity in Sport Pledge & Virtual Roundtable for Women in Sport groups and partnered with Cadbury to facilitate $150,000 of uniform grants for grassroots clubs across Australia.
View Melbourne Outstanding Media Coverage of Sport Award – Women in Sport Action Photo Awards
Highlighting the skill, strength and athleticism of Australia’s sportswomen, the Women in Sport Photo Action Awards were held for a third year in 2021 with official media partner News Corp providing a major boost to the exposure of the Awards. Despite COVID-19 lockdowns affecting the amount of sport that was played, 313 images were submitted by 88 photographers across the Amateur and Professional categories. Demonstrating to young girls the pathway to elite female sport and showcasing how sport can be welcoming and inclusive, the Awards play a significant role in changing the perception of female athletes, ignoring static images and focusing on intensity, grit and determination.
Presented by the State Government of Victoria and Vicsport, this year’s VSAs were held on Wednesday 15 June 2022, at CENTRPIECE at Melbourne Park.
Finalists and winners can be found here.