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2019 CBR Sport Awards finalists announced

Today Minister for Sport and Recreation Yvette Berry MLA announced the finalists for the CBR Sport Awards that recognise outstanding individual and team sporting performances throughout the year.

The finalists are represented across 14 different sports and demonstrate a great passion and drive for their sport. More importantly, the finalists have contributed significantly to Canberra’s local sporting community and make a great impact, not just in Canberra, but nationally and internationally.

Each year, winners receive a unique handmade trophy made at the Canberra Glassworks by local glassmaker Annette Blair. Recognising that 2019 is the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, the trophies will now include a recognition of Country in Ngunnawal language.

The winners in each category will be announced at the Gala event held at the National Arboretum on 29 November 2019 and we would like to congratulate all finalists for their remarkable achievements. The finalists are:

Team of the Year

*             ACT Brumbies

*             Canberra Capitals

*             Canberra Raiders

Athlete of the Year – Women’s Sport

*             Kelsey-Lee Barber (Athletics)

*             Rebecca McConnell (Cross Country Mountain Bike)

*             Laura Peel (Snowsports)

Athlete of the Year – Men’s Sport

*             Christian Lealiifano (Rugby Union)

*             Nathan Lyon (Cricket)

*             Josh Papalii  (Rugby League)

Athlete of the Year – Para Sport

*             Annabelle Lindsay (Basketball)

*             Kathryn Ross (Rowing)

*             Emily Tapp (Triathlon)

Rising Star

*             Kye A’Hern (Downhill Mountain Bike)

*             Isabelle Bourne (Basketball)

*             Zoe Cuthbert (Cross Country Mountain Bike)

*             Karly Roestbakken (Football)

*             Nicholas Taylor (Water Polo)

Outstanding Service to Sport

*             David Bagnall (Rowing)

*             Peter Boden (Athletics)

*             Brian Golledge (Football)

*             Marie Hart (Cricket)

*             John Skene (Swimming)

Tickets to the CBR Sport Awards Night can be purchased from the event website at

Expressions of interest now open for new Canberra Ice Sports Facility

The ACT Government is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced parties to design, construct, own, operate and maintain a new ice sports facility in Canberra.

For further information visit the Strategic Projects page.

Stepping stone for female sports coaches

Thirteen female coaches across twelve sports have received up to $5,000 for Elite Coaching Scholarships to help them progress to higher level coaching positions.

For further information visit the Elite Female Coaching Scholarship page.

More indoor sports facilities for our growing city

The ACT Government has released the Planning for Indoor Facilities and Other Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Report (the Report) completed by Otium Planning Group, focuses on indoor sports with the highest participation rates in Canberra.

The Report and the ACT Government's response prioritise sport infrastructure projects identified by peak sporting bodies, which consider the needs of all their participants across the ACT.

For further information visit the Strategic Projects page.