Peel wins the OUA Performance Lifestyle Award for 2020

Tonight Aerial Skiing Champion Laura Peel was recognised at the 2020 Victorian Institute of Sport Awards for her commitment to pursuing success in sport and life. Peel won the Open Universities Australia Performance Lifestyle award in a strong field of athletes, with Para Rower Alexandra Viney and Tokyo-bound race walker Jemima Montag as the other finalists. 

The OUA Performance Lifestyle Award was part of the Victorian Institute of Sport’s (VIS) online celebration, with the 2XU Coach Awards announced on Monday and the Sarah Tait Spirit Award rounding out the suite of awards this Wednesday. 

The award goes to the athlete who has achieved excellence in their studies, career ambitions, and/or work setting whilst pursuing their dual sporting career. A panel of judges chose Peel as this year’s winner based on her impressive results both on but especially also off the slopes. 

Although spending much of her life overseas Peel still managed to complete a Bachelor of Health Sciences and is now undertaking a Diploma of Modern Languages. 

The dual Winter Olympian had an extraordinarily successful 2019-2010 winning two World Cup events which helped win the Crystal Globe for World Cup Overall Champion. She is also the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia 2020 Athlete of the Year. 

Peel is a person who squeezes value out of every moment of her life. She is a role model for, and mentor of, young athletes. She also contributed to the AOC Wellbeing series, completed an online yoga program for people in lockdown and even donated her prized Olympic uniform to the bushfire appeal. 

“I was a bit surprised to be nominated for this award but of course very honoured. The VIS is full of some of the most amazing athletes and amazing people, so to win this award is something that is very special to me,” Peel said. 

“I have been at the VIS for almost a decade now and the VIS has been such an important part of my journey as an athlete but also as a person. Since day one they have always valued developing you on the field as well as off the field. It’s something that I started realising probably a little bit later in my career. I’m very grateful for the VIS for being there and for supporting me through that and I hope that soon we can all be together and celebrate.” 

“A big thank you to the VIS and to the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia for continuing to support my journey. Thank you also to Open Universities Australia,” Peel said.

You can watch the full presentation below. 

The 2020 Victorian Institute of Awards digital celebration is running over three days from 23 November-25 November, and was continued today with the Open Universities Australia Performance Lifestyle Award. 

You can visit our VIS Awards Hub here for more information.

Latest News

Cook with Tokyo Olympian Jemima Montag

October 13th, 2021

Victorian Institute of Sport scholarship holder and Tokyo Olympian Jemima Montag, will be taking over the VIS' Instagram account today to teach everyone how to cook 'Buckwheat Crepes, Two Ways'.

VIS Diving Head Coach

October 12th, 2021

The Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) has an exciting and challenging opportunity for a VIS Diving Head Coach to join our world class sports Institute, located in Albert Park, Melbourne. The opportunity would suit an appropriately accredited and experienced diving coach already working within an integrated program environment and with a demonstrated track record of coaching success at the elite senior/junior national or international level.

National Nutrition Week 2021

October 11th, 2021

This week is National Nutrition Week, providing a time to reflect on our own nutrition and consider if we are achieving balance and meeting our needs for optimal health and performance. The focus for this year’s Nutrition week is “Get more veg in your life”.

Performance Advisor - Athletics

October 1st, 2021

The Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) Athletics Performance Advisor will form effective relationships to lead and support local National Athletes Support Structure (NASS) athletes, provide coaching leadership at the State level, maintain effective day to day coordination of the NASS program within the VIS and support delivery of the local Pathway program.

Di Honey extends for two years

September 30th, 2021

One of Australia’s netball greats, Di Honey has extended her contract as Assistant Coach of the Melbourne Vixens for two years in a full-time capacity.

See all our partners

VIS is proudly sponsored by