The Monbulk community is being urged to recognise local athletes, clubs, coaches, officials and volunteers that make grassroots sport in Monbulk thrive.

Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP today encouraged the community to nominate its local sporting heroes for the Victorian Sport Awards, supported by the Andrews Labor Government.

The awards bring together the best of the prestigious Vicsport Awards and the Community Sport and Recreation Awards in one special ceremony on 30 March 2017.

This marks the start of an exciting new era where we can honour our local sports heroes, from the grassroots to the elite.

The awards will showcase excellence in community sport and recreation, side-by-side with achievements in professional sport.

Categories include:

  • Coach of the Year, with separate categories for community and elite levels
  • Official of the Year, with separate categories for community and elite levels
  • Community Sporting Club of the Year
  • Community Sporting Event of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Athlete of the Year
  • Masters Sport Award
  • Team of the Year
  • Young Team of the year
  • Male Athlete of the Year
  • Female Athlete of the Year
  • Local Government Initiative of the Year
  • Outdoor/Active Recreation Initiative of the Year
  • Service to Victorian Community Sport & Recreation

Now there’s even more opportunity to nominate and honour Victoria’s top performing local athletes, administrators, coaches, officials and organisations for outstanding work in sport and recreation at the community and professional level.

Every club, council, team or individual involved in sport and recreation in Monbulk is eligible to be nominated.

Nominations are now open and close on January 27. For more information and to submit a nomination go to

Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP

“Grassroots sport is the heart and soul of the Monbulk community. It is the hard work and dedication of local coaches, officials and volunteers that truly make a difference.”

These awards are a chance to recognise those grassroots sport champions who make community sport great. They also honour our inspirational elite sporting heroes that shine on the world stage.”

“I urge everyone to consider nominating an athlete, coach, official, volunteer, organisation, club, initiative or event that deserves to be recognised for outstanding achievements in 2016.”