Congratulations to ACHPER Victoria’s 2022 Award recipients

Rounding out our Annual HPE Conference program this year was the announcement of the ACHPER Victoria awards recipients.

The awards are a great celebration of the wonderful and important health and physical education (HPE) work being undertaken in schools across Victoria.

They recognise and encourage excellence demonstrated by individuals through academic study, research and professional practice .

Thank you to everyone who nominated and to the many dedicated members and affiliates who have worked with us to support our vision of Active and Healthy Victorians.

Celebrating the achievements of 2022’s best and brightest champions of HPE, we are very proud to announce and honour the following award recipients:

Most Outstanding Graduating Students 2021 – Specialist Studies Award
Lourdes Restrivera The University of Melbourne
Stacey Mastras
The University of Melbourne
Alexandra Jones The University of Melbourne
Felicity Lim The University of Melbourne 
Hugh Langenberg
Australian Catholic University 
Rochelle Guilbert Deakin University
Stephanie Loveday
Monash University
Megan Downie Monash University
Olivia Wardrop
Victoria University 
Ellyse Gamble Victoria University
Jii Williams
Victoria University
Fiona Sheehan Victoria University
Most Outstanding Graduating Students 2021 – Program Award
Chelsea Taylor-Hewson
Deakin University
Laura Birks
Deakin University
Rach Sibraa
Deakin University
Taneisha Sampson
Federation University
Caitlin Sinclair
Federation University
Sarah McClusky
Federation University
Nadia Ferraro
RMIT University
Elyse Anne Hocking
Victoria University

Award of Distinction for Most Outstanding Research
This award recognises outstanding student research making an original and valuable contribution to knowledge in ways which connect with, and advance our understanding of the fields within ACHPER’s areas of focus.

Dr Emiliano Mazzoli
Deakin University "Classroom-based Physical Activity Breaks, Sitting Patterned and Cognition in Children"


  • Dr Jacqui Peters (Deakin University), Highly Commended Doctoral Research
  • Samantha Snow (Deakin University), Highly Commended Tertiary Research
Excellence in Teaching Awards 2022 - Health and Physical Education Teacher of the Year

This award is open to ACHPER members who are current practicing primary or secondary teachers in Victorian schools within ACHPER’s areas of focus. Winners have demonstrated excellence in relation to their professional knowledge, practice, innovation and engagement in the teaching of physical education, health education, and/or outdoor education.

2022 Health and Physical Education Primary Teacher(s) of the Year

  • Jessica Close, Christ Church Grammar School
  • Vanessa Wilson, Narre Warren North Primary School
Innovative Program Awards 2022

These awards are open to any Victorian primary school or secondary school demonstrating overall excellence as it relates to ACHPER’s areas of focus. The innovative program does not necessarily have to comprise the entire Health and Physical Education curriculum but may focus on one or more parts of it. The program should be original and innovative in approach and have completed at least one full cycle of implementation to be considered. A program might be something developed across the entire school or focus on one, or two, year levels or possibly across a group of schools within a network.

2022 Innovative Program Award – Primary

  • Christ Church Grammar School

Innovative Program Award – Secondary

  • Montmorency Secondary College
Outstanding contribution to ACHPER Victoria Honour Award

This award recognises individuals who have demonstrated dedication, passion and service to the advancement of ACHPER Victoria’s focus areas being Health, Physical, Outdoor and Recreation Education and who have done so with a strong connection to ACHPER Victoria and commitment to the profession.

2022 Honour Award recipient

  • Casey Young
Thanks again to all nominees and well done and heartfelt congratulations to our fantastic 2022 award winners!