Voting opens for 7News Spirit of Sport Award

Posted on November 19, 2020 by

The 7News Spirit of Sport Award acknowledges NSWIS athletes, coaches and staff who have demonstrated the ‘spirit of sport’ over the past year.

For 2020, we’ve selected four of our sport programs who have risen to the challenges presented by the global pandemic, and most successfully adapted to change.

Canoe Sprint, Diving, Hockey and Winter Sports have all displayed great resilience in responding to COVID-19, and for that reason they’ve been nominated as finalists.

Read their stories and vote for your favourite here.

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Hurry, there’s only one week to vote – with voting closing Thursday 26th November.


Canoe Sprint

  • Integrated virtual training sessions, team meetings and competitions to keep athletes engaged and ensure team camaraderie remained strong. 
  • Developed new platforms significantly increasing access to training data, analysis, and race reports, despite the lack of face-to-face interaction. 
  • Provided valuable development opportunities to younger athletes by engaging them in strength & conditioning sessions designed for Olympic representatives. 
  • Developed injury prevention plans to keep athletes healthy during lockdown and negate the need for face-to-face clinical services. 
  • Incorporated video technology into training processes to ensure the ongoing provision of coach feedback. 

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  • Tackled feelings of isolation with squad challenges and initiatives 
  • Helped athletes on how to deal with lockdown as an elite athlete through Q&A sessions 
  • Adapted to international travel restrictions by pioneering a virtual competition format 
  • Coaches used time in lockdown to knowledge share with fellow world class coaches 
  • Innovated traditional talent identification with virtual solution

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  • Navigated the challenging COVID lockdown to deliver world class sport program 
  • Overcame lack of competitive hockey with comprehensive four-week challenge initiative 
  • Combated border closures with virtual coaching system solution 
  • Adapted to closure of NSWIS Training Facility by remotely tracking athlete training through GPS device distribution 
  • Assisted athletes to remain focused through targeted performance support services 

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Winter Sports

  • Combated logistical challenges presented by COVID & delayed winter sports season 
  • Innovated to overcome lengthy period off-snow 
  • Adapted to strict COVID protocols for living arrangements 
  • Delivered team-building activities to tackle quarantine requirements  
  • Responded to international border closures with a collaborative coaching approach  

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