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Winners profiles

This page details National NAIDOC Awards Winners for the years 1985 to 2013.

Where individual profiles are available, clicking on the Award winners name will bring up information on their achievements.

2013

National NAIDOC 2013 Award Winners

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Galarrwuy Yunupingu
  • Person of the Year – Darryl Kickett
  • Female Elder of the Year – Rose Richards
  • Male Elder of the Year – John Hayden
  • Caring for Country – Jimmy Edgar
  • Youth of the Year – Kate Malpass
  • Artist of the Year – Tony Briggs
  • Scholar of the Year – Dr Mark McMillan
  • Apprentice of the Year – Danny Bromot
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Jonathan Thurston

2012

National NAIDOC 2012 Award Winners

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Bunna Lawrie
  • Person of the Year – David Wirrpanda
  • Female Elder of the Year – Margaret Lawton
  • Female Elder of the Year – Maureen Kelly
  • Male Elder of the Year – Hezekiel Jingoonya
  • Caring for Country Award – Bunya Bunya Country Aboriginal Corporation
  • Youth of the Year – Benson Saulo
  • Artist of the Year – Stephen Page
  • Scholar of the Year – Sarah Bourke
  • Apprentice of the Year – Michael Clinch
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Vanessa Wilson
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Joshua Robinson

2011

National NAIDOC 2011 Award Winners

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Ned Cheedy
  • Person of the Year – Terri Janke
  • Elder of the Year (Female) – Carolyn Briggs
  • Elder of the Year (Male) – Eldridge Mosby
  • Caring for Country Award – Warru Recovery Team
  • Youth of the Year – Kiel Williams-Weigel
  • Artist of the Year – Robyn Djunginy
  • Scholar of the Year – Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney
  • Apprentice of the Year – Joshua Toomey
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Preston Campbell

2010

National NAIDOC 2010 Award Winners

  • Person of the year – Dennis Eggington
  • Elder of the Year (Male) – Ali Drummond and Lester Bostock(Joint)
  • Elder of the Year (Female) – Ali Golding
  • Artist of the Year – Lewis Langton
  • Scholar of the Year – Megan Davis
  • Youth of the Year – Jessica Smith
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Rohanee Cox
  • Lifetime Achievement – Vince Coulthard
  • Apprentice of the Year – Lucas Kickett
  • Caring for Country – Crazy Ant Management Program

2009

National NAIDOC 2009 Award Winners

  • Person of the year – Larissa Behrendt
  • Elder of the Year (Male) – Reg Knox and Frank Lampard(Joint)
  • Elder of the Year (Female) – Elsie Heiss and Doris Eaton(Joint)
  • Artist of the Year – Wayne Quilliam
  • Scholar of the Year – Dr Chelsea Bond
  • Youth of the Year – Gemma Benn
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Andrew McLeod
  • Lifetime Achievement – Lowitja O’Donoghue
  • Apprentice of the Year – Danny Sebasio

2008

National NAIDOC 2008 Award Winners

  • Person of the year – Colleen Hayward
  • Elder of the Year (Male) – Bob Muir
  • Elder of the Year (Female) – Carol Petterson
  • Artist of the Year – Les Elvin
  • Scholar of the Year – Dr Karen Martin
  • Youth of the Year (joint) – Krista Moir and Angeline Blackburn
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Stacey Porter
  • Lifetime Achievement – Archie Roach, Joseph Elu, Chicka Dixon
  • Apprentice of the Year – Amy McQuire

2007

National NAIDOC 2007 Award Winners

  • Person of the Year – Mark Bin Bakar
  • Elder of the Year (Dual recipients) (Male)- Boyd Scully and Jim Hagan (Snr)
  • Elder of the Year (Female) – Dr Ruby Langford Ginibi
  • Artist of the Year – Leah Purcell
  • Scholar of the Year – Dr Yin Carl Paradies
  • Youth of the Year – Simone Liddy
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Robert Crowther
  • Lifetime Achievement – John (Jak) Ah Kit
  • Apprentice of the Year – Hamid Bin Saad

2006

National NAIDOC 2006 Award Winners

  • Person of the Year – Stephen Hagan (Jnr)
  • Elder of the Year (Male) – Vince Ross
  • Elder of the Year (Female) – Judy Tatow
  • Artist of the Year – Warren H Williams
  • Scholar of the Year – Dr Chris Sara
  • Youth of the Year – Jo-Anne D´Cress
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Patrick Mills
  • Lifetime Achievement – Elizabeth Morgan Hoffman

2005

National NAIDOC 2005 Award Winners

  • Person of the Year (dual winners) – Cheryl Buchanan and Rodney Dillon
  • Elder of the Year (Male) – Albert Holt
  • Elder of the Year (Female) – Mary Jane Ware
  • Artist of the Year – Kerrianne Cox
  • Scholar of the Year – Simon Forrest
  • Youth of the Year – Joleen Ryan
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Pam Pedersen
  • Lifetime Achievement – Arthur Murray

2004

National NAIDOC 2004 Award Winners

  • Person of the Year – Aden Ridgeway
  • Elder of the Year (Male) – Steve Mam
  • Elder of the Year (Female) – Merlene Mead
  • Artist of the Year – Jirra Lulla Harvey
  • Scholar of the Year – Kaye Price
  • Youth of the Year – Michael Hayden
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Adam Goodes

2003

National NAIDOC 2003 Award Winners

  • Person of the Year – Deborah Mailman
  • Elder of the Year (Male) – William Kennedy
  • Elder of the Year (Female) – Violet French
  • Artist of the Year – Belynda Waugh
  • Scholar of the Year – Frederick Penny
  • Youth of the Year – Stacey Kelly-Greenup
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Bo Delacruz

2002

National NAIDOC 2002 Award Winners

  • Person of the Year – Steve Gordon
  • Elder of the Year (Male) – Lyal Munro Snr and Peter Coppin (Joint Winners)
  • Elder of the Year (Female) – Ida West
  • Scholar of the Year – Tracey Westerman
  • Youth of the Year – Bruce ‘Borro’ Johnson
  • Apprentice/Trainee of the Year – Michelle Tyhuis
  • Sportsperson of the Year – David Peachy
  • Special Achievement Award – Dr Shane Fernando

2001

National NAIDOC 2001 Award Winners

  • Person of the Year – Kutcha Edwards
  • Elder of the Year (Male) – Cec Fisher
  • Elder of the Year (Female) – Alice ‘Mummy’ Clark
  • Scholar of the Year – Dr Cheryl Kickett-Tucker
  • Youth of the Year – Vanessa Elliot
  • Apprentice/Trainee of the Year – Todd Phillips
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Warren Lawton

2000

National NAIDOC 2000 Award Winners

  • Person of the Year – Anthony Mundine
  • Elder of the Year (Male) – James Rice
  • Elder of the Year (Female) – Yvonne Agius
  • Artist of the Year – Jimmy Wavehill
  • Scholar of the Year – Marlina Whop
  • Youth of the Year – Marie Dennis
  • Apprentice/Trainee of the Year – Alison Gear
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Troy Murphy

1999

National NAIDOC 1999 Award Winners

  • Person of the Year – Bob Randall
  • Elder of the Year (Male) – Geoff Shaw
  • Elder of the Year (Female) – Zona Martin
  • Artist of the Year – Wenten Rubuntja
  • Scholar of the Year – Tracey Brand
  • Youth of the Year – Samantha Cook and Jeremy Geia (Joint Winners)
  • Apprentice/Trainee of the Year – Gary Bonney
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Nicky Winmar
  • Poster Competition Winner – Warick Keen

1998

National NAIDOC 1998 Award Winners

  • Person of the Year – Patrick Dodson and Mick Dodson (Joint Winners)
  • Elder of the Year (Male) – George Mye
  • Elder of the Year (Female) – Queenie McKenzie
  • Artist of the Year – Raymond Blanco
  • Scholar of the Year – Raymond (Jack) Gibson
  • Youth of the Year – Nicole Casser and Delson Stokes Jnr (Joint Winners)
  • Apprentice/Trainee of the Year – June Djaigween
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Ali Drummond
  • Poster Competition Winner – Ray Thomas

1997

National NAIDOC 1997 Award Winners

  • Person of the Year – Ray Robinson
  • Elder of the Year (Male) – Eric Walker
  • Elder of the Year (Female) – Una Walker
  • Artist of the Year – Ron Corbett
  • Scholar of the Year – John Williams Mozeley
  • Youth of the Year – Kyle Morrison
  • Apprentice/Trainee of the Year – Kasey Wehrman
  • Miss NAIDOC – Vicky Hextall
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Kasey Wehrman
  • Poster Competition Winner – Eleanor Binge

1996

National NAIDOC 1996 Award Winners

Information not available. We are researching the history of NAIDOC to provide better information on where the national focus was celebrated over the years and who won the various awards. Our information is incomplete at the moment, but if anyone has any information to add in relation to National NAIDOC (as opposed to State or local celebrations/awards), we would appreciate your assistance. Please email us at info@naidoc.org.au

1995

National NAIDOC 1995 Award Winners

  • Scholar of the Year – Graham Atkinson
  • Aboriginal of the Year – Reg Blow
  • Apprentice of the Year – Robert Hudson
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Rohan Best
  • Youth of the Year – Timothy Lilley
  • Artist of the Year – Richard Mullet

1994

National NAIDOC 1994 Award Winners

  • Person of the Year – Ernie Dingo
  • Artist of the Year – Rex Murray
  • Scholar of the Year – Rosie Smith
  • Youth of the Year – Vanessa Fitzgerald
  • Apprentice/Trainee of the Year – Darren Braydon
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Kyle Vander Kuyp
  • Poster Competition Winner – Eleanor Binge

1993

National NAIDOC 1993 Award Winners

Information not available. We are researching the history of NAIDOC to provide better information on where the national focus was celebrated over the years and who won the various awards. Our information is incomplete at the moment, but if anyone has any information to add in relation to National NAIDOC (as opposed to State or local celebrations/awards), we would appreciate your assistance. Please email us at info@naidoc.org.au

1992

National NAIDOC 1992 Award Winners

  • Aboriginal of the Year – Mrs Geraldine Briggs
  • Artist of the Year – Danny Eastwood and John Harding (joint winners)
  • Scholar of the Year – Natalie Barney
  • Apprentice of the Year – David Pidek
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Robert Peden
  • Youth of the Year – Shane Simpson
  • Poster Competition Winner – Heather Shearer

1991

National NAIDOC 1991 Award Winners

Information not available. We are researching the history of NAIDOC to provide better information on where the national focus was celebrated over the years and who won the various awards. Our information is incomplete at the moment, but if anyone has any information to add in relation to National NAIDOC (as opposed to State or local celebrations/awards), we would appreciate your assistance. Please email us at info@naidoc.org.au

1990

National NAIDOC 1990 Award Winners

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1989

National NAIDOC 1989 Award Winners

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1988

National NAIDOC 1988 Award Winners

  • Aboriginal of the Year – Alice Kelly
  • Aboriginal Scholar of the Year – Ron James
  • Aboriginal Artist of the Year – Raminginning Artists Community
  • Aboriginal Apprentice of the Year – Shaun Thompson
  • Aboriginal Sportsperson of the Year – Tony Currie
  • Aboriginal Youth of the Year – Cain Muir

1987

National NAIDOC 1987 Award Winners

  • Aboriginal of the Year – Sister Joan Winch
  • Aboriginal Scholar of the Year – Ms Norma Joshua
  • Aboriginal Artist of the Year – Mr Jack Wunuwun
  • Aboriginal Apprentice of the Year – Miss Alanna Speedy
  • Aboriginal Sportsperson of the Year – Ms Catherine Hillard
  • Aboriginal Youth of the Year – Mr Ron Ingram
  • Poster Competition Winner – Lawrie Nilsen

1986

National NAIDOC 1986 Award Winners

  • Aboriginal of the Year – Mrs Cathy Mills
  • Aboriginal Scholar of the Year – Ms Eve Fesl
  • Aboriginal Artist of the Year – James Agius
  • Aboriginal Apprentice of the Year – Thomas Wear
  • Aboriginal Sportswomen of the Year – Miss Phynea Clarke and Mr Warren Lawton
  • Aboriginal Sportsman of the Year – Mr Warren Lawton

1985

National NAIDOC 1985 Award Winners

  • Aboriginal of the Year – Kath Walker
  • Aboriginal Scholar of the Year – Rhonda Dadleh
  • Aboriginal Artist of the Year – Justine Saunders
  • Aboriginal Apprentice of the Year – Lester Rigney
  • Aboriginal Sportsperson of the Year – Kyle Vander Kuyp