The 2023 Safe Sport Awards were presented to athletes, academics, professionals, and organisations in recognition of their outstanding work, and to encourage excellence. SSI2023 applauded all working on innovative projects to encourage and enable more people to be safe in sport.

The 2023 Safe Sport Awards

These awards shine a spotlight on the exceptional work of a diverse group of individuals and organisations who share a vision of everyone, everywhere safe in sport. The judges were looking for dedicated, creative, or innovative individuals and organisations as well as links with the 2023 conference themes of hope, healing, and transformation. 

1. IRNOVIS Research Award

In recognition of the best presentation delivered across the one-day IRNOVIS & SSI Research Symposium (inclusive of oral and poster presentations). All presenting at the Research Symposium on the 18th September 2023 were considered.

2. SSI Young Professionals Essay Competition

Submit a short essay (max 2000 words): “In an ideal world, what would safeguarding in sport look like from young person’s perspective and what solutions could transform the current space to reflect this?”

3. SSI Athlete Voice Award

In recognition of an individual or organisation who has elevated athlete voices as guiding force in safe sport.

4. SSI Kari Fasting International Research Award

In recognition of an individual who has led or contributed to research aligned to a vision of everyone, everywhere safe in sport.

5. SSI Celia Brackenridge Award for Service to Safe Sport

In recognition of an individual, group or organisation who has made a sustained impact towards ending to all forms of inter-personal violence, abuse, and harassment in sports environments.

SSI2023 Awards
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Presentation of Awards

The SSI Awards Committee oversaw the awards process and the work of each judging committee to select the finalists in each category was fair and consistent.

Award winners were announced on the evening of the 19th September 2023 at the SSI 2023 Global Safe Sport Conference where colleagues from across the sector celebrated outstanding work and projects that have made a positive impact to the sport community. The winner of IRNOVIS Research Presentation Award was announced at the close of INROVIS & SSI Research Symposium on the 18th September 2023 and again at the conference awards presentation.

View SSI2023 full programme