Gymnastics Victoria Awards Finalists for 2017 Victorian Sports Awards

Gymnastics Victoria would like to congratulate the efforts of two of our very own; Kerry Tavrou and Helen Chamberlain who have been nominated as finalists for two of the 19 award categories at the 2016 Victorian Sports Awards.

Highly regarded, the annual award ceremony recognises Victorian athletes, coaches, teams, officials, administrators and sporting organisations for their unwavering commitment and unparalleled contribution to their sport.

The Victorian Sports Awards provide an opportunity to acknowledge the people central to creating inclusive Victorian community sport from grassroots to elite level. 

Kerry Tavrou is a finalist for the La Trobe University Victorian Sports Administrator of the Year. In his six short years working as our Gymnastics Development Manager for Inclusion, Kerry has established and supports 25 Inclusive Leader Gymnastics Clubs.

He supports 47 people with disabilities in Gymnastics Club leadership positions following on from his previous experience working with disability support service Scope on sports based projects. Kerry seamlessly embeds inclusion into each and every activity, program and event that Gymnastics Victoria undertake.

His dedication to breaking down the barriers around inclusivity in the sport, alongside his innovative thinking have enabled his programs to truly flourish. In an effort to share his learnings with other sports Kerry has formed and chairs the Inclusive Sports Network Group, which includes Bowls Victoria, Cricket Australia, AFL, Hockey Victoria and Swimming Australia. 

Helen Chamberlain is a well renowned face amongst the Australian Gymnastics community, having worked as a Judge for almost 40 years at State, National and International levels. She is a finalist for the Southern Cross Trophies Victorian Community Official of the Year, recognising her lifetime commitment to the sport.

Helen is a key member of the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Technical Committee, and as the Events Coordinator she is vital to ensuring all WAG gymnasts have appropriate competitions throughout the year. Helen was awarded the 2015 Gymnastics Victoria Official of the Year, a testament to her voice of reason and rich servitude from which all of Gymnastics in Australia benefits.

The annual Victorian Sports Awards will be held on Thursday the 30th of March 2017, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Good luck Kerry and Helen!