The purpose of SAPIA’s Industry Awards Program is to support the association’s goal of promoting excellence in tennis court, sports field, playground and recreation facility design, construction, maintenance, surfacing and servicing as well as product innovation. The program recognises the work of its members who are participating in achieving this goal, and provides members with the opportunity to celebrate their work.

SAPIA’s Industry Awards competition runs throughout the year, with winners announced during the Gala Dinner held immediately after our National Conference. 2016’s winning projects were:


Category S1. Construction – Commercial Sports Courts

Winner: Dynamic Sports Facilities

Project: Brisbane Grammar School QLD

A ten court tennis complex, project comprised new full construction of four courts and refurbishment of six existing old courts. Site was in poor condition, some land and courts had been resumed for use by the adjacent Legacy Way Tunnel Project.

Category S3: Construction – Domestic Sports Courts < $100,000

Winner: All Grass Sports Surfaces

Project: Private Court, Bellevue Hill NSW

Tennis court construction over old lawn court, including concrete slab on ‘pot piers’ due to inability to remove excavated materials as poor access to street. Project included synthetic grass surfacing, drawback curtains to three sides for privacy and a basketball tower.

Category S3: Construction – Domestic Sports Courts < $100,000

Runner Up: TEB Contractors

Project: Private Court, Glenside SA

Full construction of residential tennis court including excavation, base works, concrete plinths, root barrier, drainage, fencing and synthetic grass surfacing.

Category S4: Construction – Sports Facilities

Winner: SportEng

Project: Deakin Uni Elite Sports Precinct, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus VIC

Detailed design and documentation as well as construction phase services, including natural turf MCG sized AFL oval and cricket oval, FIFA/AFL endorsed synthetic grass soccer pitch, IAAF synthetic surface system: athletics track, incline sprint track, long/triple jump facility, acrylic basketball and netball surface, short pile synthetic grass baseball diamond, skinned surface baseball bases.

Category S5: Surfacing – Outdoor Sports Facilities

Winner: Blacktac

Project: Lindisfarne Tennis Club, TAS

An old synthetic grass court had been laid over a previously installed acrylic surface, which when removed showed tree roots and cracking in the old surface. Roots were removed, cracks filled and patching of depressions which were holding water. The surface then required grinding to remove ridges, followed by six coats of cushioned material and four colour coats. The courts have since been used by international players, and the club now boasts a world ranked junior.

Category S5: Surfacing – Outdoor Sports Facilities

Runner Up: All Grass Sports Surfaces

Project: The Peak Apartments, Haymarket NSW

Synthetic grass surfacing of two tennis courts situated on the 6th floor podium level of a commercial building in Sydney’s CBD required a high degree of organisation and project planning. The old surface had to be removed by wheel barrow using one lift, with the new grass rolls manufactured with rolls split in half in the factory to enable them to fit into the lift. The 19 tonnes of sand infill had to be brought to the roof top via 2 wheel barrows at a time. Luminaires were removed and replaced with 480Watt LED floodlights supplied by IWE Group.

Category S7: Sports Equipment Installation

Winner: Grand Slam Sports Equipment

Project: Multi Use Sports, Wheatstone LNG, Onslow WA

A major project in a remote location with extreme weather conditions involved the supply and installation of quality sports equipment, including basketball/netball towers, protective padding, tennis posts/ hinged sleeves/nets, outdoor volleyball winch posts/sleeves/nets, outdoor badminton posts/sleeves/nets, Aussie Rules posts, Rugby League posts, Soccer Goals and an Indoor/Outdoor Cricket Net system.

Category P1: Surfacing – Regional Play Space

Winner: RubberTough Industries

Project: Tom’s Park, Rotherhal Estate, Sunbury VIC

Project involved supply and installation of cushion (base) rubber and EPDM top coat rubber for this regional playspace. The logistics employed by crew members to install wet pour rubber on extensive slopes serves as a testament to their skill set. The combination of alternative soft fall mediums all blended remarkably well to achieve varying safe experiences for the users. The outcome is a practical, visually attractive and safe environment for the neighbourhood.

Category P1: Surfacing – Regional Play Space

Runner Up: Synthetic Grass & Rubber Surfaces Australia

Project: Tamworth Skywalk Installation, Tamworth NSW

393 square metres of Rosehill TPV(R) was used on this regional playspace, with the design completed in-house using three colours – Standard Blue, Light Blue and Bright Green – working closely with Tamworth Regional Council.

Category P2: Surfacing – Council or School Play Space

Winner: Surfacing Contractors Australia

Project: Glenelg Foreshore, Glenelg SA

The foreshore is a great mixture of beach surrounds, fun for young and old kids and the move towards ‘nature play’ areas. Highlights include water play area into the sand, in-ground mini trampolines surrounded with rubber softfall, climbing frames, water fountains, play tunnels internally coated with synthetic grass and a large synthetic grass ramp to the huge metal slide.

Category P2: Surfacing – Council or School Play Space

Runner Up: RubberTough Industries

Project: Booran Road Reserve, Glen Huntly VIC

Project included supply and install of cushion (base) rubber in varying depths to comply with the playground FHF to meet Australian Standards, followed by the top wear layer in EPDM in various colours (5 separate colours were used). It was a challenge to install rubber on near vertical walls, steps and mounds during inclement weather, but the outcome was exceptional.

Category P3: Surfacing – Child Care/ELC/PreSchool Play Space

Winner: Surfacing Contractors Australia

Project: Margaret Ives Child Care Centre, Adelaide SA

Works included rubber softfall surfacing to a mound slide and synthetic grass installation to a shared courtyard area at this not-for-profit facility in the Eastern suburbs of Adelaide.

Category P4: Surfacing – Commercial Facility Play Space

Winner: Synthetic Grass & Rubber Surfaces Australia

Project: Wulaba Park, Waterloo NSW

Project involved the supply and installation of 334 square metres of rubber sufacing in a kaleidoscope of colours. In all, seven different colours were used, with two colours in each mix, requiring detail and precision on the part of the installers.

Category IA: Innovation Award

Winner: Play-Safe Services

Project: Automated Height Adjustable System for Junior Basketball

A need was seen for a method to eliminate manual handling, OH&S issues and time constraints between games. Play-Safe Services invented, designed and implemented a new automated height adjustable system, using standard 240V power supply which is whisper quiet, achieves full actuation in under 30 seconds, and is easy to operate.