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The 2018 Mardi Gras Awards

Posted on 27 Apr, 2018
The 2018 Mardi Gras Awards

The 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Awards recognise excellence across our spectacular 40th anniversary season of events, honouring those individuals and groups among us who go above and beyond to make the festival extra special.

Mardi Gras is a community organisation made possible by and for the community. Thank you to all the people that put on the Festival behind the scenes – volunteers, staff, contractors, suppliers – each doing their essential part to help make Mardi Gras magic.

There are four award categories – Fair Day, Parade, Our People/Workforce, and the Lifetime Achievement Award – but everyone involved with Mardi Gras 2018 is a winner and we’re so grateful for the expertise, effort and passion you all put in.

This year’s Mardi Gras Award winners are listed below. Congratulations to all of you.

FAIR DAY AWARDS

Best Food Stall Food: KAPAMILYA EATERY

Best Standard Stall: BOURKE STREET WAX

Best Sport Stall: SYDNEY WOMENS BASEBALL LEAGUE

Best Community Stall: PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY AUSTRALIA

Special Commendations:  GLITORIS, RELATIONSHIPS AUSTRALIA, and SYDNEY ROLLER DERBY LEAGUE INCORPORATED               

Fair Day Stall of the Year: SYDNEY LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICT INCORPORATING BREASTSCREEN             

PARADE AWARDS

Best Choreography NOMINEES: DR MARKS MARCHING ACADEMY SYDNEY MARCHING FLAGGS

WINNER: SYDNEY QUEER IRISH

Ron Muncaster Award for Best Costume NOMINEES: ITTY BITTY TITTY COMMITTIEE, THE TROPICAL FRUITS INC

WINNER: 40 YEARS OF COLOUR

Best Float Design NOMINEES: POOF DOOF, BROKEN HEEL FESTIVAL

WINNER: FREE GAY AND HAPPY  

Special Commendations:

AUSTRALIANS FOR EQUALITY

AUSTRALIAN MARRIAGE EQUALITY

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY AUSTRALIA

TRANS SYDNEY PRIDE

QUEER PLANETEERS

BENTSTIX HOCKEY CLUB

BROKEN HEEL FESTIVAL

The Ron Austin Award for Fabulous Parade Entry NOMINEES: THE INCREDIGAYS, DIY RAINBOW

WINNER: SM&M THE OTHER 39ERS

BEST SHOP WINDOW

A new award for outstanding storefront windows on Oxford Street or King Street during Mardi Gras 2018.

WINNER: DALY MALE

WORKFORCE AWARDS

Award for Excellence in Innovation

This award goes to the person whose innovative thinking solved problems and provided new ways of working that contributed to the overall success of an event. This year’s Award for Excellence in Innovation goes to Paul Truscott.

 

Award for Excellence in Leadership

This award goes to the person whose behavior, attitude and performance demonstrated the qualities of teamwork, initiative and professionalism. This year’s Award for Excellence in Leadership goes to Rocky Talantou.

 

Award for Excellence in Service

This award goes to the person whose work throughout the season was diligent, reliable and selfless – someone that has gone above and beyond. This year’s Award for Excellence in Service goes to Rachel Smith.

 

Award for Excellence in Teamwork

This award goes to the person who displayed a high level of cooperation, collaboration and team spirit in order to achieve excellent outcomes for everyone. This year’s Award for Excellence in Teamwork goes to Felix Wark.

 

ICARE award

This award goes to the person whose conduct and attitude embody the organisation values of integrity, creativity, accountability, respect and equity. This year’s ICARE award goes to Hayley Wyndham.

 

Volunteer of the Year

This award is given to the most outstanding volunteer of the season. The recipient/s of this award have shown leadership, teamwork, innovation, service and embodies every one of the organisations values. Recipients: Shane Farr & Gus Little.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The SGLMG Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual or individuals who have provided outstanding service over many years to SGLMG and the community. They may have served on a Board, volunteered or worked for or have been engaged by Mardi Gras and provided consistent service and made a significant contribution over many years. They are always ready and willing to support the organisation and have demonstrated our values, leadership and have been a role model and fine example to others.

This year we honour one recipient who is truely worthy of this recognition and Award, for his decades of committed service at Mardi Gras events.

The Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018 is awarded to:  LEONARD WATSON

See our photo gallery from the 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Awards here and see Ann-Marie Calilhanna's photo gallery on the Star Observer website here.