Awards

In Variety AFL Great Grand Final Lunch tradition, each year we honour an AFL player who has shown outstanding community service as well as a young sports person who has overcome the odds to excel in their chosen field.

Tom Hafey Heart of Football Award

The annual Tom Hafey Heart of Football Award is presented to a person in the football fraternity who has continually displayed outstanding commitment to children. 

  • 2001   Paul Dimattina
  • 2003  Glenn Archer
  • 2004  Matthew Richardson
  • 2005  Joel Bowden
  • 2005  Xavier Clarke
  • 2006  Daniel Ward
  • 2007  Andrew McLeod
  • 2008  Robert Harvey
  • 2010   Beau Waters
  • 2011    Luke Power
  • 2012   Nick Maxwell
  • 2013   Luke Ball
  • 2014   Daniel Jackson
  • 2015   Eddie Betts
  • 2016   Harry Taylor

Young Sports Achiever Award

The Variety Young Sports Achiever Award is presented each year to a special young person who has overcome adversity to achieve an outstanding level of success in the sporting arena.

  • 2001    Michael Skaftouros, Football
  • 2002   Lichelle Clarke, Swimming
  • 2003   Dylan Alcott & Heath Davidson, Wheelchair tennis
  • 2004   Keziah Glenane, Basketball
  • 2005   Ahmed Mustafa, Football
  • 2006   Brydee Moore, Athletics
  • 2007   Caitlin Louise Agnew, Swimming
  • 2008   Gabi Maranellie, Skiing
  • 2009   Samantha Gandolfo, Swimming
  • 2010    Sarah Lazzaro, Table Tennis
  • 2011     Nicholas Hum, Basketball
  • 2012    Nathan Pellissier, Table Tennis
  • 2013    Monique Beckwith – Swimming
  • 2014    Sam Rizzo – Wheelchair racing/Basketball
  • 2015    Amy Flintoff – Wheelchair basketball 
  • 2016   Hayley Bennett - Riding for the Disabled

Dylan Alcott - Young Sports Achiever 2003