Victorian School Sports Awards

Presented for the first time in 1994, the Victorian School Sports Awards recognise excellence across all categories of major school sports. They are given to students, teams, coaches and volunteers who have excelled or made an outstanding contribution to school sport.

Categories are:

  • Sporting Blue Award awarded to a primary and a secondary school student, for outstanding achievement in a sport conducted as part of the school sport program
  • Outstanding Contribution by a Primary and a Secondary School Teacher
  • Outstanding Contribution by a Primary and a Secondary School Volunteer
  • Outstanding Achievement by a Primary and Secondary School in Developing Partnerships with Local Council and / or Sporting Organisations
  • Outstanding Achievement in any sport by a Primary and a Secondary School Student.

The Lindsay Gaze Award will be presented to a student, teacher or volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to both school and community sport.

To find out more about the Awards and eligibility criteria, see: School Sports Victoria

History of the awards

The individual student awards, each known as a Blue, are based in the history of English sport, when in 1936 during a boat race between Cambridge and Oxford Universities, a Cambridge oarsman tied a light blue ribbon to the bow of his boat (the colour of his school, Eton College). A dark blue ribbon was then ascribed to Oxford (the colour of Christ Church College).

Subsequently, a Sporting Blue became identified around the world as an accolade of sporting excellence by young people, and is distinguished by a two-coloured blue ribbon attached to a traditional bronze medallion.

The Victorian School Sports Awards incorporate individual Sporting Blue awards as a reflection of the high standard of talent and dedication demonstrated by aspiring young athletes in Victorian government schools.

Past winners

For a list of the 2016 Victorian School Sports Awards winners and Honour Roll, see:


For more information about the awards contact School Sport Victoria on (03) 9488 9466.