Virtus would like to congratulate its Vice President Robyn Smith on being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to people with a disability through sport.
Robyn has been Chief Executive of Australia’s member organisation Sporting Inclusion Australia since 1991, joining the Board of Virtus in 2011 and becoming Vice President in 2013.
More recently, Robyn led the Organising Committee of the 2019 Virtus Global Games in Brisbane and, in 2021, was elected to the Governing Board of the International Paralympic Committee.
“It is a privilege to be recognised and receive this award for a role that I cherish. I am just as passionate today as I was in 1991 when I started with Sport Inclusion Australia to represent and advocate for social inclusion of people with a disability using sport as the medium. I am also extremely thankful to Marie Little OAM for providing me this opportunity and all Board members since who have supported me. I am humbled to accept his honour on behalf of the movement and all the athletes we represent who continue to inspire me on a daily basis.” Smith said.
On behalf of the entire Virtus family, we would like to congratulate Robyn on this fantastic award which recognises more than 30 years commitment to people with an intellectual impairment in sport.