The Australian Sports Medal is
a commemorative award in the Australian system of honors and awards.
The Medal is awarded only during the year 2000.
The year 2000 was chosen because
Sydney hosted the Olympics and Paralympic Games but the award of the
Medal is not restricted to athletes and others connected with the
Games. The Medal recognises a cross-section of those whose efforts
have made Australia a nation of sporting excellence. These include
current and former competitors and those who provide the support base
of sport: coaches, sports scientists, office holders, facilities
managers, those who maintain playing fields, provide transport and so
The Medal will be awarded throughout
the length and breadth of Australia and to persons of all ages.
It is expected that a high proportion
of Medals will be awarded to those whose efforts at the grass roots
enabled Australia to become a great sporting nation.
Nominations for the Australian Sports
Medal are submitted through the Commonwealth government to the
Governor-General. A certificate (known as a warrant) accompanies each
About one third of Medals are
nominated by the Commonwealth, state and territory sports ministers
and federal parliamentarians. The majority of Medals are awarded to
persons nominated by peak sports bodies recognised or funded by the
Australian Sports Commission. Ministers and parliamentarians are able
to nominate persons from any sport, not just those sports which are
recognised by the Australian Sports Commission.
The Medal design symbolises Australian
sport with imagery of a partial view of the Australian Sports Stadium
and a sky filled with the stars of the Southern Cross. The reverse
repeats the stadium design and bears the words "To commemorate
Australian sporting achievement" and is dated with the numeral
"2000". The ribbon design repeats the stadium theme with
colours of green and gold which are Australia's national colours and
traditional sporting colours.