Life Membership may be conferred on any person who has rendered distinguished service to the organisation.

The suitability of a nominee must be supported by the Awards Committee and then recommended by the Athletics NSW Board.

Nominations can be submitted by Athletics NSW members and staff.

  1. Nominees should normally have provided the required level of service to athletics for at least 15 years (which need not be consecutive). In cases of exceptional service this period may be reduced. An identifiable, significant and majority component of such service must be to Athletics NSW.
  2. Service can vary significantly in quality and quantity. An evaluation of service will be considered in these subjective decisions. For example, a technical official who volunteers for 30 days during a season versus a member of a committee which meets on four occasions a year is obviously weighted differently.
  3. Additional service will be noted and could assist contribute to the nominee’s overall service.

Forms of significant Athletics NSW service include:

  • Technical Official. This is a major component of service, and the level will be evaluated encompassing regularity of service, summer/winter seasons, level of appointments etc.
  • Additional Technical Official service includes mentoring, pre-competition preparation, committee or advisory panel member, assistance with examinations and education.
  • Advisory panels, committees, selectors and members of Local Organisation Committees
  • State Team Management volunteer
  • Board Member service
  • Employee
  • A constitution officer, statistician, historian, publicity officer, office volunteer or like role
  • as a State Event Group Coach in the State Pathway program
  • Coach education
  • Key club official involved in the club hosting Athletics NSW events/competitions

Forms of additional distinguished service to be noted:

  • Club service
  • Coaching
  • National team coach
  • National and International Technical Official appointments
  • Little Athletics NSW service - staff/club/official/coaching
  • Service to athletics in NSW through the media or other organisations
  • Members of National or International Organising Committees
  • As an athlete
  • Athletics NSW Branch service (these no longer operate)

Where service is delivered only, or primarily, at club level, the appropriate form of recognition is considered to be through the Athletics Australia Service Awards and the member’s own Club Awards.

Life Membership will generally be awarded at the end of each season, announced at an appropriate occasion. Nominations should be submitted, on the appropriate form, four months prior to the end of the season.

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Here is a current list of recipients of these awards

Athletics NSW Annual Awards

  • Richard Coombes Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Male Athlete
  • R.H. North/ W. Wilson Award for Most Outstanding Female Athlete
  • Athlete of the Year: Sprints/Hurdles Events
  • Athlete of the Year: Distance/Road/XC Events
  • Athlete of the Year: Distance/Road/XC Events
  • Athlete of the Year: Race Walking Events
  • Athlete of the Year: Jumping Events
  • Athlete of the Year: Combined events
  • Athlete of the Year: Throwing Events
  • Most Outstanding Senior Para Athlete of the Year
  • Most Outstanding Junior Para Athlete of the Year
  • Most Outstanding Junior Female Athlete of the Year
  • Most Outstanding Junior Male Athlete of the Year
  • Most Outstanding Masters Male Athlete of the Year
  • Most Outstanding Masters Female Athlete of the Year

In general, leading athlete at major senior championship that season. Exceptions could be made for an outstanding domestic performance. Adjustments considered for Para-Athletics.

  • George Soper Memorial Award for Best Performance by a NSW Athlete at the Australian Championships.

Best performance at Nationals. Olympics/Worlds/Para qualification is a helpful benchmark.

  • Nick Winter Memorial Award for Aspiring Triple Jumper

Usually best emerging triple jumper at Nationals.

  • Champion Club of the Year

An evaluation of the performances by the club’s athletes across the following: number of athletes on Australian teams, performances at international events, Treloar Shield, Winter Club Trophy, State and National Championships, etc. The award also takes into consideration the number of registrations, officials in the sport, events they host and general contribution to athletics in NSW. 

  • Metropolitan Club of the Year

Generally, the second placed metropolitan club to the Champion Club of the Year.

  • Country Club of the Year

Based on the club point score at the NSW Country Championships. Winter can also be considered.

  • Club Development Award of the Year

A club demonstrating initiatives, development, growth etc.

  • Administrator of the Year

A person holding a significant club administration position and providing long service or making a significant contribution during a particular year.

  • Treloar Shield

Points score.

  • Winter Trophy
  • Winter Premiership
  • G.P.S. Parkes Memorial Award for Male Distance Runner of the year
  • Doris Magee Award for Female Distance Runner of the year
  • Dorothy Dorsett Memorial Award for Male Distance Walker of the year
  • Doris Clark Award for Female Distance Walker of the year

Points score.

  • Official of the Year
  • Novice Official of the Year

Selected by the Officials & Technical Advisory Committee.

  • International Coach of the Year Coach
  • International/national Para-athletics Coach of the Year
  • Country Coach of the Year

In general, the coach of a leading athlete/athletes in international competition. Needs to be a NSW-based coach.

  • Club Coach of the Year

In general, a coach that is closely aligned to a club. They often take on newcomers.

  • Recreational Running Coach of the Year

Achieving notable work as a recreational running coach.

  • People’s Choice Award

Selected by the athletics community

  • Chairperson's Award

Selected by the Athletics NSW Chairperson.

Previous Award Winners