The Frank Leverett Award was created in 1992 and is the most presitguous honour in Australian Football umpiring in the Canberra region. It is an acknowledgement of a person who has provided outstanding and meritorius service to the Association and umpiring. Nominations are called for in June and it may only be awarded to a maximum of one person per year.
Frank Leverett umpired from 1969 until the end of the 1988 season and in that time became the first Field Umpire to officiate in 300 First Grade Matches, and still remains the only Field Umpire to achieve this benchmark. He was made a Life Member of the Association in 1978 and served as President of the Association in 1972. Following his long and distinguished umpiring career Frank has served as a member and chairperson of the AFL Canberra Tribunal.
Members of the Association can submit nominations to the Executive of potentially worthy recipients for the Frank Leverett Award at any during the season. The Executive considers the nominations it has received and endorses any it agrees would be worthy recipieints for consideration by the Membership. A formal criteria and process for nominationg, endrosement and conferring of the Award were endorsed by the Membership at the 2022 Annual General Meeting and can be found below.
The recipients of the Frank Leverett Award are:
The framework for awarding the Frank Leverett Award is as follows:
The process for conferring the Award is:
For clarity: 'Member' includes Life Members, proxies are counted for these votes, and in the event of a tied vote the Chairperson of the meeting will cast the determining vote.