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2023 Victorian School Sports Awards (VSSA)

2023 Victorian School Sports Awards (VSSA)

The 2023 Victorian School Sports Awards (VSSA) celebrated the outstanding sporting achievement of Victorian Government school students, teachers, and schools at the Melbourne Cricket Club Members Dining Room, Wednesday 27 March 2024 which was made even more special as the awards celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Special guests in attendance included Darren Cheeseman, Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Phil Grillo, Victorian State Manager, rebel, Matt Cameron, Manager – Build Neighbourhood and Built Systems, VicHealth, Victorian School Sports Awards alumni, Jack Howell, an international para triathlete, Becky Webster, Geelong AFLW player with Champion Australian marathon runner and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Steve Moneghetti AM, facilitating the awards ceremony attended by 220 guests.

total of 41 awards - including 34 Sporting Blue Awards - were presented to recognise government school students who excelled in their chosen sport, and to teachers who made an outstanding contribution to school sport in 2023.

Among the 41 award recipients were Bodhi Evans from Sandringham East Primary School who was selected to represent Australia in the 2023 Under 12 Baseball World Cup in Taiwan, and Jamie Cefai from Maribyrnong College who competed in the 2023 Taekwondo World Cup Team Championships in Korea. Both were presented with Outstanding Sporting Achievement Awards for their exceptional commitment to their sporting pursuits in 2023.

Arlo Styant-Browne from Brunswick South West Primary School received the Lindsay Gaze Outstanding Sports Leadership Award for his exceptional contribution to sport as a role model to his young peers. Jack has coached, captained, and played in several school and community basketball and football teams; supporting and inspiring teammates and leading his teams to significant success at competition level.

Trafalgar Primary School and Wyndham Central College were joint recipients of the prestigious School and Community Partnership Award, with both schools receiving a $500 rebel voucher, for providing students with opportunities to participate in a diverse range of activities through strong connections to local sporting groups. 

School Sport Victoria would like to thank VicHealth for their valued sponsorship of the awards, SSV major partner rebel who provided vouchers to all student winners along with schools, and DMC Sport who provided the VSSA hoodies to all student award winners.