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The School Sports Awards recognise and reward the outstanding sporting achievements of young people in our community. The awards are a joint initiative of The Advertiser, Messenger and the Department for Education.

Award categories

There are 3 major award categories.

Competitors

Individual female and male, rural and metropolitan, primary and secondary.

Student officials

Individual female and male, primary and secondary.

Team

Female and male, primary and secondary.

Presentation of awards

An awards function will be held in November 2021 details to be confirmed. Finalists will be invited to the function and receive a certificate of merit. Overall winners and runners up will receive a trophy or medal and recognition in The Advertiser or Messenger.

Who can be nominated?

Young people between the ages of 10 and 18 (turning 10 after 1 January 2021, or turning 18 on or before 31 December 2021), who are enrolled in a South Australian primary or secondary school.

A young person can be nominated for any outstanding sporting achievement or service to sport as an individual within a school or club competition in South Australia.

A school aged team can be nominated for any outstanding sporting achievement.

Nominations are open to young people and teams from metropolitan and rural South Australia

How to nominate

Nominate for the School Sports Awards by Friday 15 October.

Conditions of entry

Anyone can nominate a young person for the School Sports Awards.

Contact information of an appropriate coach, physical education instructor or teacher must be included on the nomination form to verify details. Nominees agree to allow the use of their nomination details and photos for publicity purposes in print publications, department intranet, public websites and social media.

History of the awards

In 1997 the department and the Messenger introducted the sports awards to recognise outstanding sporting acheivements of young people within schools. Originally the Youth Sports Awards, it was rebadged to the School Sports Awards in 2012 with two major categories, a primary school and a secondary school award. The student official and teams awards were introduced in 2020.

Past winners include Olympic gold medallist, Kyle Chalmers, Paralympian Liam Bekric, Olympian Jack Rossiter, Matilda’s football player Alexandra Childiac and Australian cricket player Amanda-Jade Wellington.

Primary school sport award

Year Name School Sport(s)

2020

William Brown

Magill School

Cycling

2019

Catrina Tan

Stirling East Primary School

Badminton

2018

Joshua Turner

Coorara Primary School

Archery

2017

Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz

Glenelg Primary School

Tennis

2016

Ben Hinks

Craigburn Primary School

Sailing

2015

Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz

Glenelg Primary School

Tennis

2014

Alex Haydon

Henley Beach Primary School

Squash

2013

Callum Park

Plympton Primary School

Baseball & Australian football

2012

Nikki Thompson

Para Hills Primary School

Athletics

Secondary school sport award

Year Name School Sport(s)

2020

Darcie Brown

Henley High School

Cricket, netball & Australian football

2019

Alexandra Haydon

Henley High School

Squash

2018

Matthew Carter

Pembroke School

Diving

2017

Alexandra Chidiac

Open Access College

Football (soccer)

2016

Liam Bekric

Underdale High School

Swimming

2015

Kyle Chalmers

Immanuel College

Swimming

2014

Jack Rossiter

Woodcroft College

Shooting

2013

Kyle Chalmers

Immanuel College

Swimming

2012

Emma Checker

Immanuel College

Football (soccer)

Teams award

Year School Sport

2020

Immanuel College

Open girls basketball

Student officials award

Year Name School

2020

Zack Brittan

Golden Grove High School