Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards - Award Finalists Announced!

Finalists in the 2012 Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards have been announced.
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Oct. 12, 2012 - PRLog -- The Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation (QORF) is excited to announce the finalists for the 2012 Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards. QORF established the Awards in 2002 to recognise the size and diversity of the outdoor sector and to highlight the importance of outdoor recreation to the lifestyle of Queenslanders. QORF CEO Dr Donna Little says, “The Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the achievements, innovation and professionalism in outdoor recreation. They provide the chance for hard working individuals, inspired leaders and innovators to receive the recognition they deserve”.

The Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards includes eight categories to recognise and reward excellence in outdoor recreation and celebrate individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to the outdoor recreation sector. The finalists for 2012 include:

The Queensland Government Outstanding Achievement (Individual) Award
•   Rebecca Fox, Manager, Kindilan OECC, from Redlands
•   Todd Samorowski, Director, Adventure Alternatives, from Woodford
•   Mike Victor OAM, President, Cycling Queensland, from Gumdale

The Brisbane City Council Outstanding Achievement (Organisation) Award
•   Maroon Outdoor Education Centre, Maroon Dam
•   Scouts Australia Institute of Training, Bald Hills
•   Adventure Alternatives, Woodford
•   Queensland Moto Park, Wyaralong

The K2 Basecamp Encouragement Award
•   Russell Knipe, Scouts Queensland Rover, from Toowoomba
•   Margie Dickson, Venturer, Scouts Queensland, from Taringa
•   Nathan Sears, Venturer Scouts Queensland, from Capalaba

The Queensland Government  Encouraging Participation in Outdoor Recreation Award
•   Campbell Willis, Teacher, Centre Education Programme, as part of the Edmund Rice Education Flexible Learning Centre Network, from Woodridge
•   Bundaberg Youth Management Team, Bundaberg PCYC
•   Motorcycling Queensland

The Queensland Government Environmental Award  
•   Logan City Trail Care Alliance, Logan City Council, Logan
•   Todd & Christy Samorowski, Adventure Alternatives Outdoor Education Centre, Woodford

The FSR Skills Alliance Excellence in Outdoor Instruction and Education Award
•   Edmund Rice Education Flexible Learning Centre Network, Queensland
•   Googa Outdoor Education Centre, Blackbutt

The Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation Government Achievement Award
•   Norman Anderson, Department of Communities, Child Safety, Youth and Families, for The Northern Outlook, Cairns
•   Sport and Recreation Services & Toowoomba Regional Council, for the Toowoomba Criterium Facility
•   Logan City Council, for Logan City Trail Care Alliance
•   Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), for the 2012 Outdoor Recreation operational policies and Memoranda of Understanding

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•   Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane, organised by Oxfam Australia, based in Fortitude Valley, Qld
•   Kokoda Challenge, organised by the Kokoda Challenge Association, based in Southport, Qld

QORF takes this opportunity to congratulate the 2012 finalists on their achievements. We look forward to celebrating the efforts of these individuals and organisations, and announcing the category winners at the forthcoming Outdoor Recreation Awards Dinner to be held on Friday 26th October, 2012.

Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards Dinner
The Outdoor Recreation Awards Dinner will be held on Friday 26th October, 2012 at The Greek Club, South Brisbane. The Awards dinner will provide a great climax for QORF’s Outdoor-tober campaign, which has been an inspiring month-long celebration of the outdoors. The evening will include the announcement of Queensland Outdoor Recreation Award winners and winners from the Visioning the Outdoors Short Film Competition People’s Choice Award and ‘It’s Better Outdoors’ Photo Competition. Guests will also get a rare glimpse into the adventures of John Cantor, who recently completed an epic solo journey through the Alaskan wilderness and was named QORF’s Outdoor-tober Ambassador in 2012.

John grew up on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, and recently completed a six-year dream of traversing the Brooks Range in Alaska, solo. This 1,600km expedition across Arctic Alaska is considered one of the toughest solo expeditions on earth. There were only four documented solo traverses of the range prior to this. After failing on three successive attempts, he completed the expedition in 31-and-a-half days setting a speed record for the traverse. Dinner guests are sure to be captivated by John’s stories and hopefully inspired to get out into the outdoors.

QORF welcomes all interested parties to come along and recognise the achievements of these outstanding nominees. Dinner bookings are now open for individuals, groups and industry representatives alike. Visit the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation website at www.qorf.org.au/Awards   (07 3369 9455 or email admin@qorf.org.au).

For further details on the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards or finalists, please contact QORF CEO Dr Donna Little at ceo@qorf.org.au

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