Awards – who won what at the 2016 Australian Transplant Games Gala Dinner

By October 31, 2016Games Updates
Assistant Minister for Health, The Hon. Ken Wyatt presented Montague Summers and Michelle Daley with the Most Outstanding Male/Female Athlete awards

Many wonderful individuals were honoured at the 15th Australian Transplant Games Gala Dinner in 2016.

The night was a celebration of the Western Sydney Games but more importantly, of the people who make it the most inspiring sporting event in the country – our athletes, recipients, living donors, donor families and those that support them.

The Victor Chang Memorial Shield went to TEAM NSW.

NSW's Adam Welsh and Andrew Burke

Team NSW’s Adam Welsh and Andrew Burke

First awarded in 1992, this shield is won by the Australian State/Territory with the highest points score (excluding juniors) over the entire competition. Dedicated to the memory of St Vincent’s Hospital heart transplant pioneer Dr Victor Chang.

The Donor Family Shield went to the QUEENSLAND TEAM

The Queenslanders accepting the Donor Family Shield at the Gala Dinner

The Queenslanders accepting the Donor Family Shield

First awarded in 1998, this shield is won by the state team with the highest average number of total medal points per State representative (excluding juniors). Donated to Transplant Australia by a donor family consortium.

Accepting the award for the Sunshine State were Alan McKaskill, Richard Wallace, Aaron Williams, Richard Hayes, Rosemary Hughes, Montague ‘ Monty’ Summers, Kate Clark, Kate Rootsey, Steve Arthy, Mary Allbrow, Robyn Kirkman, Sue Rixon, Mona Holden, Luke Rose, Matty Hempstalk and Peter Prichard.

The Mark Cocks Memorial Juniors Shield went to TEAM NSW

Claudia Carter and Kyla Devine accepting the Mark Cocks Memorial Shield on behalf of NSW

Claudia Carter and Kyla Devine accepting the Mark Cocks Memorial Junior Shield on behalf of NSW

First awarded in 2004, this shield is presented to the most successful state team of junior competitors (aged 17 and under). Dedicated to the memory of Mark Cocks, AM, Transplant Australia’s first chief executive officer from 1996 until shortly before his death in 2007. Mark was a world-ranked professional tennis player and kidney transplant recipient.

The David Cairns Memorial Juniors Shield went to TEAM NSW

Kyla Devine and Claudia Carter cleaned up in the pool for NSW

Kyla Devine and Claudia Carter cleaned up in the pool for NSW

First awarded in 2012, this award is to be made to the most successful State team per competitor of junior competitors (aged 17 and under). Dedicated to the memory of David Cairns, co-founder of Transplant Australia and first life member of Transplant Australia. David was a well-respected University Lecturer and kidney transplant recipient.

The Astellas Transplant Hospital Challenge went to the ROYAL PRINCE ALFRED HOSPITAL, SYDNEY

Helen Mahoney from Astellas presents the award to Dr Tony Harding, accepting on behalf of St Vincents Hospital, Sydney

Helen Mahony from Astellas presents the award to Dr Tony Harding, accepting on behalf of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney

An award sponsored by Astellas to recognise the most successful transplant recipient team representing their transplant unit.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

The Athletes of the Games Shield was awarded to Michelle Daley and Montague ‘Monty’ Summers, who won the Most Outstanding Female Athlete and Most Outstanding Male Athlete of the 15th Australian Transplant Games respectively.

This Shield is awarded to the most outstanding performance by an Australian male and female transplant athlete at the Games.

The Jan and Daryl Wall International Shield  went to Saint Kennach from New Zealand.

This Shield is awarded to the most successful international athlete at the Games. The Award is in recognition of the long-standing contribution of both Jan and Daryl Wall to both international and national transplant games.

DonateLife Shield was awarded to Julie Edwards

Actnig CEO of the Organ & Tissue Authority Felicity McNeill presenting Julie Edwards with the award

Acting CEO of the Organ & Tissue Authority Felicity McNeill presenting Julie Edwards with the award

An award sponsored by DonateLife and the Organ and Tissue Authority to recognise the contribution of a donor family or living donor to the ideals and aims of the Australian Transplant Games.

One of the most touching moments from the Gala Dinner was when the audience gave the well-respected and beloved Julie a standing ovation.

Julie Edwards has been involved with Transplant Australia since 1996

Acting CEO  of the Organ & Tissue Authority Felicity McNeill congratulates Julie Edwards on her win. Julie has been involved with Transplant Australia since 1996, and is a beloved figure in the organ donation community

The Clifford T Henderson Awards went to Glenda Rayment and Nigel Goldsworthy

Glenda, Jan and Nigel

Glenda Rayment, Jan Wall and Nigel Goldsworthy. Glenda and Nigel were the winners of the Clifford T. Henderson Awards, presented by Jan.

Named after the father of Jan Wall, awards are presented by Jan Wall to the male and female who best demonstrated the “Spirit of the Games”. Jan Wall was our longest-serving Australian team manager and a Transplant Australia life member.

The Lorraine McLeod Memorial Trophy  was won by Kerrin Litchfield, from Victoria

Kerrin Litchfield

Kerrin Litchfield at the 2016 Australian Transplant Games, Western Sydney

This trophy is awarded for spirited and sporting participation in women’s tennis. This award is named in memory of Lorraine McLeod and presented by her husband.

The Jack Nolan Memorial Trophy was awarded to Ashlea Austin

An encouragement award named after Jack Nolan, a heart transplant recipient who, upon his death, donated his corneas. Presented by Jack’s wife, Flick Nolan, this is usually awarded to someone who may not necessarily be a good athlete, but tries hard, often without success.

The winner of the prestigious Jack Nolan , Ashleigh Austin, with Jack's wife Flick Nolan, who presented the award

The winner of the prestigious Jack Nolan Memorial Trophy, Ashlea Austin, with Jack’s wife Flick

It is wonderful to win trophies, shields and awards – but everyone loves R2D2. Transplant Australia CEO Chris Thomas heard that R2D2 was Ashlea’s favourite Star Wars character, so made a special presentation to a very deserving young woman.

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