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School Sport Unit Awards Ceremony

The School Sport Unit Awards Ceremony will be broadcast here at 6:30 pm Thursday 8 December 2022.

All the award categories recognise the outstanding work that occurs week in week out across NSW. 

The School Sport Unit (SSU) provides carefully planned, adaptable and enjoyable physical activity opportunities for all students in NSW public schools. As a leader in sport education, the SSU promotes equity, wellbeing and excellence in a variety of settings. We acknowledge that our programs are delivered by highly skilled, motivated volunteer teachers who positively shape young people’s lives. The opportunities provided would not be possible without the support of caring principals across the state.

The aim of the ceremony is to identify and recognise teachers, principals and schools from all areas of NSW who consistently support and deliver programs that allow students to achieve their best through sport and physical activity.

Who can be nominated?

Teachers in NSW public schools, primary, secondary, central, community and schools for special purposes (SSPs) are eligible to be nominated.

Who can nominate a teacher?

A teacher must be nominated by another teacher, principal or school community member. Nominations cannot be made by students. All nominations must be endorsed by the nominated teacher’s Principal or Director Educational Leadership.

How to nominate?

Nominations are now closed for 2022. 

Information for 2023 nominations will be availbale on this page in July 2022. 

Who selects the recipients?

An independent selection panel will be formed, including representatives from the NSW Department of Education and within the School Sport Unit. All applicants will be reviewed according to the award criteria based on the information provided.

What are the award categories?

School Sport Unit awards

  • Early career teacher award. Nominations are invited for teachers who have shown outstanding commitment by an early career teacher (7 years or less) to ensure enhanced opportunities for students in sport and/or physical activity. Schools are invited to nominate teachers. Two recipients will be selected by the panel (one metro and one regional recipient).
  • Innovation in school sport. Nominations are invited for teachers who show outstanding innovation in school sporting organisation, administration and/or opportunities to promote inclusivity by meeting the diverse needs of students. One recipient will be selected by the panel.

NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge

  • NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge Excellence award. The PSC team will nominate a school to recognise excellence of implementation of the 10 week Challenge and/or Race Around Australia.

Disability and Inclusion

  • Exceptional promotion and delivery of sport and physical activity for students with disability. Nominations are invited for teachers who have demonstrated exceptional promotion and delivery of sport and physical activity for students with disability. One recipient will be selected by the panel.
  • Leading change in sport and physical activity for students with disability. The School Sport Unit will nominate two recipients (one metro and one regional recipient).

Teacher Professional Learning

  • Outstanding commitment to implementing a quality whole school sport and physical activity program. Nominations are invited for teachers who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to supporting/delivering a whole school sport and physical activity program. Two recipients will be selected by the panel, one primary and one secondary. Additional recipients may be selected for other school settings such as Schools for Specific Purposes.

School Swimming and Water Safety

  • Outstanding commitment to implementing the School Swimming and Water Safety program. The School Swimming and Water Safety team will nominate two recipients (one metro and one regional recipient).

Representative School Sport Pathway

  • School Sporting Association award - Each of the 10 school sporting associations will nominate two teachers who have made outstanding contribution to representative sport.
  • Primary School Sport Association award - One teacher will be nominated by the PSSA Executive. The award recipient will be considered based on innovation in sport, length of service to the PSSA, and/or their contribution as a role model to other teachers.
  • Combined High School Sport Association award - One teacher will be nominated by the CHSSA Executive. The award recipient will be considered based on innovation in sport, length of service to the CHSSA, and/or their contribution as a role model to other teachers.

For further information

Call the School Sport Unit on 02 9508 5500 or email us at schoolsportunit@det.nsw.edu.au. We also encourage you to visit our website https://app.education.nsw.gov.au/sport