Physiotherapist wins SMA Safer Sport Award

Apr 22, 2024

Basketballer and former NT Young Australian of the Year, Bridie Duggan, has won the 2024 Karen Schneider Sports Medicine Australia Safer Sport Award.

The award was created by SMA to celebrate Karen Schneider’s contribution to sports and exercise physiotherapy in the NT. It is presented at the annual Northern Territory Sports Awards, to a person or persons who have contributed to creating a safer sporting environment for their team, players or community. 

Bridie received the Karen Schneider award for her commitment to building a safer sport environment within Basketball NT as a physiotherapist.

Sports Medicine Australia CEO Jamie Crain, who was in Darwin to present the award, said:

“Bridie is well known in the NT as someone who works hard for the benefit of others.

“She volunteers across her community and was named Young Australian of the Year in 2017 for her amazing commitment to raising funds and awareness around mental health.

“Bridie impressed the judges with her dedication, skill and focus on making sport safer and we are proud to be able to honour her with the 2024 Karen Schneider Sports Medicine Australia Safer Sport Award.”

NT Sport Minister Kate Worden said the 2024 NT Sports Awards were a great occasion to bring the community together and celebrate the contributions and successes of those involved.

“Sport plays an important role in bringing our community together, from the volunteers and administrators who coordinate and run our clubs, to the participants who strive for excellence,” she said.

“The Sports Awards are a great occasion to bring our sporting community together to celebrate contributions and successes that make being part of a community sporting club so good.

“It’s important to recognise the countless hours of training, volunteering, and support from all those nominated and awarded, backed with the support of their families, friends, and sporting organisations.”

Congratulations to the Karen Schneider SMA Safer Sport Award runner’s up, Jan Wray (AFL and NRL) and Michelle Krake (AFL). 

The Northern Territory Sports Awards ceremony took place in Darwin on Saturday 20 April.

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