ASSH Awards and Honours

The Australian Society for Sports History (ASSH) offers a range of Awards and Honours to recognise service, contribution and achievement within sports history. The Awards and Honours are coordinated by the Awards Committee, a Subcommittee of the Executive which is chaired by a former President and two Executive members. This Committee currently consists of Douglas Booth (Interim Chair) and Murray Phillips.

Over a two-year period there will be four formal awards/honours that may be awarded. Each of the prizes are awarded biennially. Winners of the four biennial awards will be announced at the Sporting Traditions Conference dinner. The four awards/honours are:

  1. ASSH Book Award
  2. ASSH Anthology Awrd
  3. ASSH Student Article Prize
  4. ASSH Fellowship
  5. ASSH Service Award

Follow the links for a list of previous recipients of ASSH Book Awards and ASSH Fellows and Service Awards.

The ASSH Book Award (Monograph) recognises outstanding scholarship in sports history. Eligible books for the award include all sports history monographs written by ASSH members and all sports history monographs (including by non-members) that have an Australian and/or New Zealand focus. Monographs must have been published in the previous two calendar years prior to the year of the award (for the 2017 award, books published in after 1 April 2015 are eligible).

The ASSH Book Award (Monograph) recipient receives a prize of $1000.

One copy of each book nominated for the ASSH Book Award (Monograph) should be sent directly to each of the members of the Book Award Sub-Committee.

ASSH members, authors or publishers may submit books for consideration for the ASSH Book Award (Monograph).

Judging Panel (2017):  Douglas Booth (Chair), Jane Hunt, Matthew Klugman, Rebecca Olive, Murray Phillips.

Submission process: Send one copy of the monograph directly to each member of the judging panel.

Due Date: 16 March 2017

Addresses to send submissions:

Professor Douglas Booth
School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin, 9054
New Zealand

Dr Jane Hunt
Faculty of Society and Design
Bond University QLD 4229
Australia

Dr Matthew Klugman
Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living
Victoria University
PO Box 14428
Melbourne VIC 8001
Australia

Dr Rebecca Olive
4/147 Merthyr Road
New Farm QLD 4005
Australia

Dr Murray Phillips
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072
Australia

The ASSH Book Award (Edited) recognises outstanding scholarship in sports history. To be eligible for the award, the collection must:

  • be edited by an ASSH member or ASSH members (contributors may include non-members)
  • have an Australian and/or New Zealand focus
  • comprise predominantly original pieces of work that have not been published elsewhere

Edited books must have been published in the previous two calendar years prior to the year of the award (for the 2017 award, books published since 1 April 2015 are eligible).

The ASSH Book Award (Edited) recipient received a prize of $1,000.

One copy of each edited book nominated for the ASSH Book Award (Edited) should be sent directly to each of the members of the Book Award Sub-Committee.

ASSH members, authors or publishers may submit books for consideration for the ASSH Anthology Award

Judging Panel (2017): Douglas Booth (Chair), Jane Hunt, Matthew Klugman, Rebecca Olive, Murray Phillips.

Submission process: Send one copy of the edited book directly to each member of the judging panel.

Due Date: 16 March 2017

Addresses to send submissions:

Professor Douglas Booth
School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin, 9054
New Zealand

Dr Jane Hunt
Faculty of Society and Design
Bond University QLD 4229
Australia

Dr Matthew Klugman
Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living
Victoria University
PO Box 14428
Melbourne VIC 8001
Australia

Dr Rebecca Olive
4/147 Merthyr Road
New Farm QLD 4005
Australia

Dr Murray Phillips
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072
Australia

The ASSH Student Article Award is open to students enrolled in full- or part-time postgraduate (eg. Grad Dip, Masters or PhD) or Honours in an Australian or New Zealand tertiary institution at the time that the article was published.

Articles submitted for the ASSH Student Article Award should deal with the historical, economic, political, social, legal or philosophical significance of sporting activity with preference given to those with an Australian / New Zealand focus.

Articles must be written by the student and published as either a sole-authored article or with the student as the first-named author.

Articles must have been published in the previous two calendar years prior to the award (e.g. for the 2017 award, articles published since April 2015 are eligible).

Postgraduate students or their supervisors may nominate for the ASSH Student Article Award.

Applicants for the ASSH Student Article Award should electronically submit a copy of their article to Douglas Booth, University of Otago: doug.booth@otago.ac.nz

Due Date: 27 March 2017

The ASSH Fellowship is presented to members and non-members who have made an outstanding contribution to the field of sports history, either in Australia or internationally. It is presented in recognition of the leading role that the recipient has played in developing and furthering the research interests of sports history. Any sports history scholar is eligible to receive the ASSH Fellowship.

The ASSH Fellow receives a plaque as well as an Honorary Life Membership of ASSH, which are formally presented at the ASSH Conference Banquet.

Any ASSH member may nominate candidate(s) for an ASSH Fellow Award. Nominations for the ASSH Fellowship must be made on the nomination form, and include a max 500 word citation outlining the contribution and impact the nominee has had on sports history scholarship, and a list of key publications.

Judging Panel: To be determined.
Submission process: Nominations should be emailed to Doug Booth.
Due Date: 1 May 2017

The ASSH Service Award is presented to ASSH members who have made a sustained and outstanding contribution to the organisational development of ASSH. Any ASSH member who has served the Society in a formal or informal capacity is eligible to receive the ASSH Service Award. Any ASSH member may nominate candidate(s) for an ASSH Service Award.

ASSH Service Award recipients receive a certificate and an Honorary Life Membership of ASSH, which are formally presented at the ASSH Conference Banquet. Nominations for the ASSH Service Award must be made on the nomination form and sent to Douglas Booth

Submission process: Nominations should be emailed to Douglas Booth.
Due Date: 1 May 2017