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Victorian Sport Awards see triathlon shine

Triathlon Victoria has been selected as a finalist for the 2020 Victorian Sport Awards.

As the night of nights for the state’s sporting community, the Victorian Sport Awards honours those who have made an outstanding contribution to sport in Victoria as an individual or team, athletes, coaches, administrators, and volunteers across metropolitan and regional areas.

Triathlon Victoria’s virtual initiate, the Club Race Series, is a finalist in two categories (the Vic Health Active Recreation Initiative of the Year and the Sports Accounting Australia Sport Initiative of the Year) while Elizabeth Gosper from Inclusive Sports Training is a finalist for the Sport Group Peter Norman Inclusion Award.

The Club Race Series was introduced as a virtual racing option for clubs and members to remain engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic. 70% of clubs joined the series, which saw over 1,200 race starts over six races. The series returns on July 3-31 as a winter racing option.

Elizabeth Gosper has been at the forefront of inclusion in multisport and a long-time campaigner for more opportunities for athletes with a disability. Elizabeth has worked tirelessly to provide a supporting a nurturing environment for athletes with a disability to enjoy swim, bike and run.

Eight awards will be honoured with a focus on initiatives and innovations, seven of which can be nominated by the Victorian sporting community in addition to the most prestigious award of the night, the Victorian State Government Outstanding Contribution to Victorian Sport Award.

This year’s awards will be held on Thursday, 3 June, in the Victory Room at Marvel Stadium, with proceedings starting at 6:00 pm. The night will also celebrate Victoria’s return to sport in 2021.

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