Outdoors Queensland Awards

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Outdoors Queensland Awards

The Awards recognise and reward excellence in the outdoor recreation community.

The Finalists

Outdoors Queensland is proud to acknowledge all the finalists of these awards and to thank them for all they have done for the outdoors in Queensland. There were over 90 outstanding nominations for the 9 awards, and it was quite a challenge for the Outdoors Queensland judging panel to select these finalists.

We acknowledge all nominees for all that they do and the inspiration they give to others, and we thank all the nominators for taking the time to share their belief in their chosen nominees.

Congratulations to all!

The Queensland Government Individual Achievement Award
This award is for individuals who have demonstrated professionalism, high achievement in a particular field and exemplary role modelling.

  • Chris Szymanski
  • Craig Humbley
  • Graham Pringle
  • Simon Roberts
  • Andrew Grant

The K2 Basecamp Emerging Achiever Award
This award recognises the efforts and achievements of an individual new to the outdoor sector; a student, a young person, or anyone making a change into the sector.

  • Annika Eckermann
  • Bella Moore
  • Liliana Nemeth
  • Alexis Newey
  • Tayla Whittaker

The Brisbane City Council Outdoor Education Award
This award is for school, early childhood, out of school care, camp or outdoor education providers that deliver outdoor education programs in outdoor adventurous settings, and significantly influence a participant’s physical ability, mental health and ability to thrive.

  • Loganlea State High School
  • Samford Valley Steiner School
  • Sports Tuition
  • Birdwings Forest School

The AQIA Workforce Development Award
This award is open to any organisation that supports workforce development by taking on trainee employees/volunteers, provides in-house training or supports workers to undertake external training.

  • Paramount Adventures
  • Perfect Beginnings Childcare

The Queensland Government Outdoor Recreation Award
This award is for an outdoor recreation peak body, club, provider, event or product that stands out from all others; has raised awareness about the benefits of outdoor recreation and being outdoors; has increased participation in outdoor recreation; and has made a significant impact on the outdoor recreation sector.

  • Australian Trail Horse Riders Association
  • Triballink
  • Queensland Moto Park
  • Outer Limits Adventure Fitness Pty Ltd

The Brisbane City Council Adventure Therapy Award
The recipient of this award is an individual, organisation or program that has significantly improved the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders through the use of nature and/or adventure by delivering innovative programs, interventions, training, advocacy and/or research.

  • Succeed Healthcare Solutions
  • Jump Up For Kids
  • Mark Cartner
  • Youth Flourish Outdoors

The Queensland Government Adventure Tourism Award
This award is for a tourism operator, event or product that delivers outdoor activity adventure products for either local or inbound participants.

  • Cape York Motorcycle Tours
  • 2 Bent Rods

The Queensland Government Outdoor Play Award
This award is for organisations (eg. play groups, nature play providers, community groups, councils) that have increased opportunities for Queensland children to spend time in unstructured play outdoors and in nature.

  • The Outsiders Play Advocates
  • The Playmakers
  • Seedlings & Co, Logan Reserve
  • Cassowary Coast Regional Council Family Day care Scheme
  • Camp Hill Outside School Hours Care

The Outdoors Queensland Government Achievement Award
The Government Achievement Award recognises the achievements of local or state government department, agency, person or program and/or agency that has produced positive outcomes for the outdoor sector.

  • Queensland Recreation Centres – DTIS (Sport and Recreation)
  • EmpowHER Hiking Program – Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Oxley Creek Transformation Project – Brisbane Sustainability Agency

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Awards Presentation

Due to success of last year’s online presentation, we will once again be hosting a face-to-face award winners announcement event this year. All attendees, including finalists and their supporters, gather together in a virtual presentation –  you will be able to attend the event from anywhere in Queensland.

All finalists, nominators, colleagues, friends and members of the Queensland outdoors community are encouraged to get online and show their support for all the finalists and the outdoors in Queensland.

Please note that finalists will be sent a link to register for a Zoom meeting while supporters and others are encouraged to join in the fun on Facebook Live

Join us on Friday, October 28 at 6pm as we announce the winners of the 2022 Outdoors Queensland Awards.

Facebook Live

Go here to join: https://business.facebook.com/events/609377807348406

Date: Friday October 28
Time: 6 pm – 8.30 pm approx.

Dress Code: Smart Casual – or a chance to get dressed up at home!

Guest speaker Beau Miles, good company and lots of fun!

Guest speaker: Beau Miles

Award winning filmmaker, poly-jobist, speaker, writer, odd

On a recent crossing of Bass Strait in a sea kayak, Beau Miles was voted 5th worst dressed in a party of 5. Being offbeat and NQR (Not Quite Right) speaks volumes about how Beau goes about life and represents himself to the world, believing wholeheartedly that we’re all weird. With a PhD in Outdoor Education, a string of successful short films under his belt, and a boundless passion for discovery, Beau’s exploits are funny, authentic, insightful and being copied all over the world.

Learn more about Beau Miles

About the Awards

The Outdoors Queensland Awards* recognise and reward excellence in the outdoors community. The Awards celebrate individuals, organisations, programs, events and activities that have been successful in significantly improving outcomes for participants, clients and communities.

The Outdoors Queensland Awards are for the ‘outdoors community in Queensland’ – outdoor enthusiasts, adventure tourism operators, outdoor education providers, activity clubs, land managers, retailers … and more.

The Outdoors Queensland Awards are an important means of recognising the size and diversity of the outdoors community and industry and provide an opportunity for outdoor individuals and organisations to be rewarded and recognised for their contribution. They are also a means of recognising how important the outdoors, outdoor activity and the environment are to the lifestyle of Queenslanders.

* (formerly known as the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards)

Major Sponsor

Outdoors Queensland is proud to announce that the Queensland Government is the new Outdoors Queensland Awards Major Sponsor

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Check out the Previous Award Winners    

The Outdoors Queensland Distinguished Achievers Award

This award recognises and acknowledges the achievements of the consistent winners of the Outdoors Queensland Awards (and formerly the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards) since their inception in 2002. The benchmark is a minimum of three awards.

Previous recipients:

The Awards

The Queensland Government Individual Achievement Award

Sponsored by the Queensland Government

This award is for individuals who have demonstrated professionalism, high achievement in a particular field and exemplary role modelling.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition, they may have demonstrated excellence through one or more:

  • High achiever in chosen field
  • Exemplary leadership and role modelling
  • Commitment to professional practice and communication
  • Ethical outdoor practice
  • Significant contribution to an organisation, outdoor recreation and/or the outdoor community

Suitable for an Individual

The K2 Basecamp Emerging Achiever Award

Sponsored by K2 Basecamp

This award recognises the efforts and achievements of an individual new to the outdoor sector; a student, a young person, or anyone making a change into the sector. They may be enrolled in a structured course (eg school, TAFE, university), volunteering, working as a trainee, or newly employed by an outdoor provider.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition, they may have demonstrated excellence through one or more:

  • Achievement of personal goals or marked improvement
  • Personal leadership qualities and initiative
  • Professional behaviour and ethical outdoor practice
  • Effort over and above what is expected
  • Commitment to best practice delivery and safety
  • Contribution which has helped achieve significant outcomes

Suitable for an Individual

The Queensland Government Outdoor Recreation Award

Sponsored by the Queensland Government

This award is for an outdoor recreation peak body, club, provider, event or product that stands out from all others; has raised awareness about the benefits of outdoor recreation and being outdoors; has increased participation in outdoor recreation; and has made a significant impact on the outdoor recreation sector.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition, they may have demonstrated excellence through one or more:

  • Consistent high quality service delivery and safety record
  • Innovative instructional, recreational, or educational programs
  • Inclusive opportunities for people of all ages and/or abilities
  • Demonstrated environmental sustainability and land management practices
  • Active involvement in local communities
  • Opportunities created for people to have positive experiences in the outdoors
  • Effective marketing and promotion

Suitable for an Organisation

The Brisbane City Council Outdoor Education Award

Sponsored by the Brisbane City Council

This award is for school, early childhood, out of school care, camp or outdoor education providers that deliver outdoor education programs in outdoor adventurous settings, and significantly influence a participant’s physical ability, mental health and ability to thrive.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through one or more:

  • Innovative instructional or educational programs
  • Consistent high quality service delivery and safety record
  • Inclusive opportunities for students of all ages and/or abilities
  • Development of innovative outdoor learning environments, spaces or venues
  • Development of creative resources for outdoor education – activities, games, initiatives.
  • Demonstrated environmental sustainability and land management practices
  • Innovative or creative approaches to curriculum interpretation in outdoor learning.
  • Creating opportunities for students to have positive experiences in the outdoors
  • Outcomes that include improved student personal, social and environmental awareness, understanding and commitment

Suitable for an Organisation

The Queensland Government Outdoor Play Award

Sponsored by the Queensland Government

This award is for organisations (eg. play groups, nature play providers, community groups, councils) that have increased opportunities for Queensland children to spend time in unstructured play outdoors and in nature.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through one or more:

  • Innovative outdoor / nature play programs, events, or activities
  • Provision of exciting outdoor / nature play spaces
  • Development of creative resources for outdoor / nature play
  • Awareness raising events, publications, or services

Suitable for an Organisation

The Brisbane City Council Adventure Therapy Award

Sponsored by the Brisbane City Council

The recipient of this award is an individual, organisation or program that has significantly improved the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders through the use of nature and/or adventure by delivering innovative programs, interventions, training, advocacy and/or research.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through one or more:

  • Inclusive program design and delivery
  • Program development in line with state and/or national health initiatives
  • Demonstrated commitment to sustainable replicable program development
  • Outcomes demonstrating improvements to users and/or practice
  • Demonstrated commitment to the development of adventure therapy

Suitable for an Individual or an Organisation

The Queensland Government Adventure Tourism Award

Sponsored by the Queensland Government

This award is for a tourism operator, event or product that delivers outdoor activity adventure products for either local or inbound participants.

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition they may have demonstrated excellence through one or more:

  • Consistent high quality service delivery and safety record
  • Innovative physical activity products
  • Demonstrated focus on the environment and/or indigenous culture
  • Inclusive opportunities for people of all ages and/or abilities
  • Demonstrated environmental sustainability and land management practices
  • Opportunities created for people to have positive experiences in the outdoors
  • Responsible marketing and promotion

Suitable for an Organisation

The AQIA Workforce Development Award 

Sponsored by the Active Queenslanders Industry Alliance (AQIA)

This award is open to any organisation that supports workforce development by taking on trainee employees/volunteers, provides in-house training or supports workers to undertake external training. 

They should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition, they may have demonstrated excellence through one or more: 

  • Commitment to personal and career development of workers 
  • Consistent high quality in-house training delivery 
  • Provision of support for workers to undertake education and/or training with Registered Training Organisations or universities
  • Trainee positions offered to a diverse range of people and abilities 
  • Incorporating a commitment to the Australian Adventure Activity Standard (AAAS) within worker training

Suitable for an Organisation

The Outdoors Queensland Government Achievement Award

Sponsored by Outdoors Queensland

The Government Achievement Award recognises the achievements of local or state government department, agency, person or program and/or agency that has produced positive outcomes for the outdoor sector.

The recipient of this award, selected by the Outdoors Queensland Board, should meet all or some of the Essential Criteria, and in addition may have demonstrated excellence through one or more:

  • Development of supportive policies, strategies and/or actions
  • Active engagement with advisory groups or committees to address community needs and values
  • The provision of a diverse range of outdoor activity opportunities

Outdoors Queensland thanks and acknowledges the ongoing support of the Outdoors Queensland Awards from all our award sponsors: The Queensland Government, the Brisbane City Council, K2 Basecamp, and the Active Queenslanders Industry Alliance.

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