Awards of Excellence (SA/NT)


9 May 2024 
National Wine Centre, Adelaide
Cocktail Dress

The 2024 PLA SA/NT Awards of Excellence Cocktail Function will be held at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide.  Enjoy outstanding food and beverage, while delighting in the views of Adelaide as we celebrate the outstanding initiatives and innovative efforts of our industry.

Meet the Awards Speaker - Jess Stenson, 2022 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist

Jess's current Marathon personal best of 2:25:15 was set in Perth in October of 2021 - a result which qualified her for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. It was during this event, with her husband and son on the sidelines that Jess's longstanding dream of becoming a Commonwealth gold medallist came true - a team effort that she will treasure forever.Off the training track, she enjoys drawing upon her sporting experiences and physiotherapy knowledge to encourage others to enjoy active and healthy lifestyles. Jess attributes her success quite simply to her love of running, determination, balanced approach to training and the strong support she receives from family, friends, her coach Adam Didyk and training group Team Tempo. She is grateful for the growing opportunities for women in sport and is passionate about helping to keep this momentum going.

Meet the MC - Steph Frick

Steph Frick is a curious conversationalist, who is passionate about genuinely connecting with people to authentically bring stories and events to life. An experienced Adelaide based MC, presenter & producer. Steph has produced and presented content for Network Ten’s Totally Wild, Scope, Shake Takes and Coding@Home.


Each year, PLA acknowledges excellence in our industry through its prestigious Awards of Excellence. These annual awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding initiatives and innovative efforts of ‘the people behind the places’ which promote good use of leisure time for a number of social, environmental and economic benefits to the community.

We are pleased to recognise this year’s nominees and look forward to celebrating their great efforts and achievements at the Awards of Excellence Cocktail Function.  More information about this year’s nominees to come very soon!

For more information head to our dedicated national Awards of Excellence website.