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This annual award honours a graduate from Deakin University's Sport Management program who has contributed to the advancement of sport through their excellent managerial and/or administrative skills. The award is supported by the School of Management and Marketing and the Bowater Trust.
Nick Honey commenced as CEO of Athletics Victoria in August 2003.
Nicks's nominator wrote:
New to the sport of athletics, Nick very quickly developed a deep knowledge of both the sport and its people. His contribution to the development of athletics in Victoria over the past six years has been enormous. Nick has managed and guided a staff of 10 to an unprecedented level of excellence. During this period AV has grown both financially and in membership.
Nick's major achievements include:
Nick has had to work closely and negotiate with three government departments, Victorian Little Athletics, Athletics Australia, South Melbourne Soccer Club and the VIS. He has had to carefully manage the media as well as the expectations of members. Negotiations are still continuing but we are getting closer to our ideal set up at Albert Park. Much of this is due to the hard work, diplomacy, persistence and negotiating skills of our CEO.
Nick has developed an excellent rapport with the office staff, the clubs, the officials, coaches and the athletes. Nick's management skills have bought a new level of professionalism to the sport of athletics and raised the bar at a national level. His enthusiasm in managing and nurturing our sport, its people and events continues.