Each year,  ACHPER NSW/ACT holds PDHPE Teaching Awards to recognise high-quality health and physical education.
2022 nominations here

2021 Award winners

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Early career teacher (joint winners)

Maddy LightMaddy Light, Melba Copland Secondary School, ACT 

Maddy is a second-year educator leading innovative inclusive practice and is changing how students perceive PE. She is driven to ensure all students are included. Maddy works hard to re-connect with the disengaged. She rejuvenated participation levels in her Year 10 HPE class by 80% by focusing on students who felt excluded by curriculum selection and physical expectations, including LGBTQIA+ students. Helping her class create a student-led program, involving reflection journals and surveys led to valuable feedback and student empowerment

Maddy is committed to professional development and sharing her knowledge with colleagues in specialty areas such as online learning and inclusion.

Josh FordJoshua Ford, Brisbane Water Secondary College, Central Coast NSW 

Joshua is a passionate educator achieving great results early in his career. Through exemplary teaching, programming, sport organisation and coaching, Joshua is enriching student learning. Among his many achievements is a refresh of the College’s Outdoor Educations course, growing involvement from 60 to 120 students through extensive planning, organisation and innovative teaching practice. 

As a sport coordinator, Joshua redeveloped the College’s sport selection processes. He has continued to build up a successful rugby league program for female and male students and connect them to local clubs.

Joshua prioritses student wellbeing, with his caring approach valued during remote learning and coordinating Year 7 camps. 

Primary teacher

Pat HayPat Hay, Wirreanda Primary School, Port Stephens region NSW

Well regarded by colleagues and students, Pat Hay inspires positive attitudes to health and physical activity.

Pat works hard to create a variety of sporting opportunities for his students. One of his achievements is a large-scale sports gala day for the region. Bringing together all year 5 and 6 students from local primary schools, Pat has ensured the event’s success by focusing on fun and enjoyment. The gala day also allows year 6 students from around the region to connect before they attend high school.

Secondary teacher

Kellie GomanKellie Goman, Leeton High School, Riverina region NSW

Kellie is a leader in promoting healthy lifestyles at her school. Committed to innovation and continuous improvement, Kellie is always looking for new ways to enhance engagement.

Improving student movement skills is one of Kellie’s strengths. She is passionate about teaching students of all levels how to dance, dedicating much of her own time to ensembles and productions. From lockdown Zoom workouts to the Premiers Sporting Challenge, Kellie gets her students and staff active.

Kellie contributes regularly to teacher professional development and has active roles within Riverina school sport organisations. Kellie inspires student involvement by modelling a healthy, active lifestyle.

Community Service

Dan BarclayDaniel Barclay, The Henry Lawson High School, Grenfell, Western NSW.

Daniel is a dynamic PDHPE teacher prioritising inclusion and promoting lifelong physical activity. An active sports coordinator, Daniel runs many events and develops useful partnerships with local and national sport organisations.

Out of school hours, Daniel has been a dedicated rugby league volunteer in the western NSW area for a decade. Coaching teams at various levels, Daniel has recently devoted considerable time to developing women’s rugby league locally, coaching teams from u12 to open level. Players and volunteers respect Daniel for his enthusiasm, dedication and trustworthy support, both in rugby league and community life.

Highly commended

Early career

  • Annalisa Di Bella, Rosebank College
  • Aron Lawford, Sydney Secondary College
  • Jill Dudley, St George Christian School


  • Andrew MacNamara, Merrylands High School
  • Bronwyn Denham, Catherine McAuley Catholic College
  • Esther Muller, Oxford Falls Grammar
  • Karen Halwagy, East Hills Technology High School
  • Louisa Bailey, East Hills Girls Technology High School
  • Paul Burns, Wollondilly Anglican College
  • Steven Paterson, SEDA College NSW

Community Service

  •  Robert El Bahou, Bankstown Jets Touch Association
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