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School Sports Awards


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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 will be 3 major award categories.


Individual female and male, rural and metropolitan, primary and secondary with 8 finalists awards.

Student officials

Individual female and male, primary and secondary with 4 finalist awards.


Female and male, primary and secondary with 4 finalist awards.

Presentation of awards

Winners will be presented their awards at an awards function in early December (all details to be confirmed). Finalists will be invited to the awards function and receive a certificate of merit. Overall winners will receive a trophy and recognition in The Advertiser and/or Messenger.

Who can be nominated

Young people between the ages of 10 and 18 (ie turning 10 after 1 January 2020, or turning 18 on or before 31 December 2020), who are enrolled in a South Australian primary or secondary school are eligible.

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

Nominations are open to athletes from across metropolitan and rural South Australia.

How to nominate

Nominations have closed for the 2020 awards.

Conditions of entry

Anyone can nominate a young person for the School Sports Awards. The contact information of an appropriate coach, physical education instructor or teacher needs to be included on the form so that verification of details can be confirmed. 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 primary school award is known as the Richard Newman Award – a past manager and long time Australian football Sapsasa coach who mentored hundreds of primary school students and encougaged life-long participationg in sport.

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

See a list of previous winners (PDF 300KB).


School Sport SA

Phone: 8416 5900
Email: education.schoolsportsa [at] sa.gov.au