Whitehorse City Council

Whitehorse Sport and Recreation Australia Day Trophy

Nominate your club or recreation group for the Whitehorse Sport and Recreation Australia Day Trophy. This is a great opportunity to recognise your club for the outstanding contribution they have made to the Whitehorse community. Winners will be presented with a trophy at the Whitehorse Australia Day Celebrations on 26 January 2018 and will appear in an article in the Whitehorse News, Council's monthly newsletter.

There are many ways for a sporting club or recreation group to become nominated for the Whitehorse Sport and Recreation Australia Day Trophy – from fundraising and charity work to giving disadvantaged groups in the community an opportunity to become involved within community sporting clubs or groups. These efforts have a positive effect on the community and help to improve the Whitehorse community as a whole. 


Sports and Rec Aus Day Trophy 2016 winnersPrevious Winners

The Eastern Gymnastics Club was recognised in 2017 for its contribution to the Whitehorse community. The not-for-profit organisation focussed on further developing its status as an Inclusive Leader Club and providing customised gymnastics programs for members of the community who previously may not have been able to participate, such as those on the autism spectrum. Among its coaches, the club employs a senior coach with severe hearing loss, a coach with Down’s syndrome and two other coaches with Asperger’s Syndrome. Eastern Gymnastics Club has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, true to its goal of providing “a friendly and supportive club for all”.

Other successful applicants include Blackburn Junior Football Club for conducting a range of community and club programs, and the Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway Society. This group hosts four charity run days each year with community members coming out in force to support, enjoy and celebrate the activities.


Criteria and Eligibility

To be eligible for nomination of the Whitehorse Sport and Recreation Australia Day Trophy the following criteria must be met:

  1. The Whitehorse Sport and Recreation Australia Day Trophy will be awarded to a sport and recreation club or community group based in the City of Whitehorse. (Note: This includes Scouts and Girl Guides but excludes Service Clubs.)
  2. The sport and recreation club or community group must be involved in a project or provide opportunities that benefit the broader Whitehorse Community.
  3. The sport and recreation club or community group must be not for profit.
  4. Nominees must be Australian citizens and, unless there are exceptional circumstances, must be residents of Australia.
  5. The project or activity run by the club or organisation must have taken place within 12 months prior to deadline.

To nominate a sporting club or recreation group, complete the pdf icon complete the nomination form coupled with a written submission (345.74kB) (approximately 500 words) that includes:

  • A description of the nominees project or activity and reason for the nomination
  • A list of benefits that the project or activity provides to participants and the wider Whitehorse community
  • The number of people involved in the project
  • Any newspaper or magazine articles about the nominees and their achievement that supports their nomination.

Send your completed nomination form to:

Whitehorse Sport and Recreation Australia Day Trophy
Arts and Recreation Development
Whitehorse City Council
Locked Bag 2
Nunawading Delivery Centre VIC 3131

Alternatively, you can fax the nomination form to 9262 6490 or email to ard.admin@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 27 October 2017.

Criteria Details Weighting (out of 100%)
Community benefit The project or activity must provide benefit to the broader Whitehorse community. 50%
Participation/number of people involved The more people involved/reached the better 20%
Innovation projects Innovative projects and activities will be looked upon more favourably than a project or activity that is part of the organisation's every day core business. 15%
Enjoyment Level of enjoyment by participants 15%