Outdoor Education Practitioners and Outdoor Education Programs

The winners of the 2019 Outdoors NSW Outdoor Education Program Award, and the Practitioner Award will be announced and presented at the Outdoors NSW Symposium on 24 August 2019.

The 2019 recipients will be the NSW nomination for the national 2020 Outdoor Education Australia awards. The winner of the overall national Outdoor Education Program award will receive $3000 worth of equipment from Wilderness Equipment.

The NSW awards are aligned with the Outdoor Education Australia Award Scheme and pertinent information such as eligibility, confidentiality and the nomination process is outlined in the Outdoor Education Australia Program and Practitioner Award Information Booklet It is worth noting that to be eligible for nomination candidates must be a financial member of Outdoors NSW; or staff or students of organisations that are financial members of Outdoors NSW

Please email your nomination form to info@outdoorsnsw.org.au by the close of business 15 August 2019.

Nomination forms.
Click to download the Outdoor Education Program Award Nomination Form 2019 (2) or the Outdoor Education  Practitioner Award Nomination Form 2019

Dr Ian Boyle Scholarship Award

Dr Ian Boyle is widely recognised as a leader within the Australian outdoors sector. He held a wide range of roles including as the Outdoor Education Director at the Scots College Glengarry for over 20 years. Ian impacted the broad outdoors community as a result of his big picture ideas, adventurous spirit and love of the outdoors. Diagnosed with brain cancer and given 3 months to live – he lived for a further 4.5 years; Ian was man who never learned the meaning of the word ‘quit’. He gave his all to everything that he did with a level of passion and commitment uniquely his own.

In recognition of the considerable lasting impact on the outdoor industry, Outdoors NSW is proud to support the Dr Ian Boyle Scholarship Award. One of Ian’s many gifts was his mentoring of young outdoor professionals and encouragement of them to be involved in professional development opportunities. In this spirit, the award is targeted at individuals in the early stages of their outdoor career – outdoor educators/ professionals in the first five years of their career; or those studying to be leaders in the outdoors.

Scholarship Award

A fully supported registration to the major Outdoors NSW event e.g. Practitioners Conference, Symposium or Conference.

Award Criteria

  • Currently be enrolled as a student in an outdoor industry related course, or
  • Be in the first five years of working within the outdoor sector.
  • Have a willingness to contribute to the outdoor sector in the future.

Award Selection

  • Complete the following three criteria in the spaces provided and submit by the due date.
  • A committee of three Outdoors NSW members will judge the applications.
  • The Scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who; shows merit, personality and a unique approach to the outdoors industry, qualities Ian would have fostered in his students and those new to the outdoor sector.

Please email your nomination form to info@outdoorsnsw.org.au by the close of business 15th August 2019.

Nomination form.
Click to download the Dr.Ian_Boyle_Award submission form.


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