MCG hosts Victorian Sports Awards
Mar 25, 2014
The 2013 Victorian Sports Awards were held in the MCG's Members Dining Room on March 19, with MCG Trustee and Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer among the award winners.
Palmer was recognised with the Eunice Gill award as the state's top sports administrator, not just for her great work with netball but also in her role as chair of the Victorian Institute of Sport and board member of the MCG Trust.
Palmer is currently in Los Angeles at a sports administrator conference but a video was played at the gala awards ceremony where she thanked Vicsport for the award.
“It’s an absolute honour to win the Eunice Gill award for sports administrator of the year and I’d like to thank the judging panel, the Victorian State Government and Vicsport,” Palmer said.
“I work with some wonderful people at Netball Australia, the Victorian Institute of Sport and the MCG Trust and we are very fortunate to be part of this wonderful industry in Victoria.”
The top award on the night, the Governor's Award for Victorian Sportsperson of the Year, was won by leading Australian cyclist Simon Gerrans.
The Governor’s Award is presented to an athlete who has not only achieved outstanding sporting performances but has also made a significant contribution to sport as a leader and a role model.
A Tour de France stage winner and Yellow jersey holder, Gerrans fulfilled the criteria exceptionally well to join an honour roll of previous winners including Cathy Freeman, Cadel Evans, Sharelle McMahon, Andrew Gaze and last year’s joint winners Kelly Cartwright and Kim Crow.
Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin took out Victorian Male Athlete of the Year for his Snowboard Cross World Championship and Kim Crow made it back-to-back Victorian Female Athlete of the Year crowns with her single skull World Championship and undefeated rowing season.
The late Peter Brock was recognised with the Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award for his achievements not only in motorsport but his tireless efforts to increasing road safety, fundraising and promoting motorsport.
Other notable award winners included 6-time Junior Swimming World Champion Mack Horton, awarded Victorian Junior Athlete of the Year and WNBL champion Bendigo Spirit the Women’s Team of the Year.
The Victorian Sport Awards were streamed live. Highlights can be found at www.mysportlive.com.au/broadcasting.