Everyday Independence is thrilled to be sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement Award, to be awarded at the Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards (VDSRA) on Tuesday, 23 November at PwC Melbourne.

The VDSRA demonstrates a vision and purpose closely aligned with our own. Much like Everyday Independence, they push for inclusion and work hard to remove barriers for people living with a disability. We are always in awe of the nominees that they highlight at their awards – people living with a disability who have made incredible lifelong contributions to their communities.

We are honoured to be the 2021 sponsor of The Lifetime Achievement Award, an award that recognises the significant and extensive impact of an individual’s contribution to a discipline in sport and recreation.

The nominee for 2021 is Kaye Speed, Financial Manager of Blind Sports & Recreation Victoria, a superwoman who has been awarded the prestigious Medal of Order (OAM) for service to people who are blind or vision impaired.

Kaye has staunchly advocated for improved accessibility and opportunity for blind and vision impaired in sports and recreation. Her determination, dedication and character has been the driving force in the organisation, not to mention her incredible skill in finance.

Over the past few years, Kaye’s vision and hearing began deteriorating from Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) but that had no effect on her determination, passion, and professionalism. She adopted assistive technology – a talking software to help manage the financial accounts.

Kaye is widely regarded as an outstanding volunteer. We are so pleased to be sponsoring The Lifetime Achievement Award, and that the selected nominee for 2021 is Kaye – a well and truly worthy nominee, a genuine trailblazer, and an inspiration to us all.