Indigenous sports programs leading international field

Cairns Hockey and the National Rugby League have been shortlisted as international finalists in the prestigious Beyond Sport Awards.

Treasurer and Minister for Sport Curtis Pitt said both organisations had made it through to the final round of the ‘Governing Body of the Year’ category and praised their commitment to improving the lives of Indigenous Queenslanders.

“Each year the Beyond Sport Awards recognise the best projects across the globe that use sport for positive social change, so it’s an outstanding result to see two Australian initiatives leading this competitive field,” Mr Pitt said.

“Cairns Hockey Association has been batting well above its weight for more than a decade in its devotion to delivering programs with long-term benefits for Queensland’s Indigenous and remote communities,” Mr Pitt said.

“Cairns Hockey’s Indigenous Programs have actually been integrated into the Cairns Hockey 2020 Strategic Plans as part of their social responsibility strategy, delivering programs across Cape York, the Torres Strait, Tablelands, Cairns and also out west to communities in the Gulf Savannah region.

“As Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships I know firsthand how the NRL’s School to Work Program have helped to close the gap on key social indicators such as education, employment and health.

“The NRL has truly stepped up as a corporate and social leader in this space and deserves to be proud of the outcomes its School to Work Program is achieving for Indigenous young people and helping them succeed into the future.

“This kind of commitment will help to make generational changes that should be recognised on a global scale.”


NOMINEES: Sport Federation or Governing Body of the Year:

·         National Rugby League – The School to Work Program (Australia)

·         Cairns Hockey Association – Aspire to be Deadly (Australia)

·         European Club Association – 90 Minutes for Hope (Europe)

·         Major League Baseball – Play Ball (USA & Canada)


Beyond Sport is the peak global organisation with the sole focus of demonstrating how sport can play an active role in sustainable social change. The winners will be announced at the annual Beyond Sport Awards Ceremony in London on October 19.

For the full list of finalists visit: (external site)

For information on Aspire to be Deadly visit: (external site)

For more information on the School to Work Program visit: (external site)


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