Awarded for Sporting achievements
Established 23 December 1999
|Eligibility Australian Citizen|
|Description Introduced to recognise Australian sporting achievements.|
The Australian Sports Medal was an award given during 2000 to recognise achievements in Australian sport.
Recipients of the award included competitors, coaches, sports scientists, office holders, and people who maintained sporting facilities and services. Over 18,000 medals were awarded.
The Prime Minister announced the creation of the Australian Sports Medal on 31 December 1998.
This commemorative medal was introduced to recognise Australian sporting achievements. The medal acknowledged a range of Australians who, in different ways, contributed to the nation’s sporting success. Recipients included former competitors, coaches, sports scientists, office holders, and people who maintain sporting facilities and services.
The Australian Sports Medal was formally established on 23 December 1999 by Letters Patent.
How it was awarded
The Australian Sports Medal was awarded by the Governor-General.
Most of the medals were presented to people following their nomination by the sports community. Peak sports bodies recognised or funded by the Australian Sports Commission were given quotas according to a formula based on the number of their registered competitors. All Australian parliamentarians could make nominations.
The medals were progressively awarded during the year 2000.
The Australian Sports Medal does not carry a post-nominal entitlement.
The Australian Sports Medal has been awarded to various notable sportsmen and women and among them are: