Among attendees is NSWIS Chair Gary Flowers who opened tonight’s celebrations with an official address.
“It has been a year like no other… Team NSWIS has united to rise to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and 2021 saw one of our largest contingencies of NSWIS athletes, coaches, and support staff head to Tokyo to represent our country. To have juggled the complexities of a global pandemic, and still see so many of our athletes compete on the world’s largest sporting stage, filled me with immense pride” Mr Flowers said.
“We have demonstrated to the community that sport teaches us to overcome adversity, that teamwork makes us stronger, and that the people who are in this room, and of course those who couldn’t be with us tonight, are some of the most resilient, determined, and inspiring people in NSW” he continued.
The NSWIS chair welcomed the Minister for Sport, the Hon. Natalie Ward and thanked the NSW Government and the Institute’s commercial partners for their on-going support of Olympic and Paralympic athletes across NSW, noting that these partnerships enable NSWIS to achieve a shared vision of more NSW athletes representing Australia and winning medals at benchmark events.
105 NSWIS athletes were selected onto the Australian Olympic team for Tokyo 2020 and 44 Paralympic athletes donned the green and gold – an achievement Mr. Flowers said he was immensely proud of.
Across both Teams, NSWIS recorded 43 top eight finishes from 101 athletes in their respective events and achieved 14 medals at the Olympics and 21 medals at the Paralympics.
Additionally, 12 performance staff across six disciplines and one administration staff member held national lead or national training centre roles. 20 NSWIS coaches worked across nationally integrated programs or held national coaching roles.
The NSWIS Chair thanked the outstanding commitment that the Institute’s staff and leadership team provided to athletes over the past year,
“Behind these great results, is an enormous amount of training and preparation and it is worth noting the significant strides the organisation has made in sport intelligence, governance, proactive clinical delivery, and sport science. Team NSWIS has proven to be adaptable to the most challenging of circumstances and I want to thank every team member for your contribution to our success”.
As the night of reflection and celebration further unfolds, we will see a pool of incredible finalists contend for honours across the eight award categories.
Mr. Flowers congratulated all finalists and attendees on behalf of the Institute before completing his address.