RAN International Fleet Review 2013 receives Australian Event Industry Award

Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, NSW

(L-R) Deputy Director IFR PR & Marketing, Captain Nick Hart, Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, Director IFR 2013, Captain Nick Bramwell and Deputy Director IFR Operations, Commander Mick Hicking accept a Special Judges Award for the International Fleet Review 2013 at the 2014 Australian Event Awards. (photo: Unknown)
(L-R) Deputy Director IFR PR & Marketing, Captain Nick Hart, Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, Director IFR 2013, Captain Nick Bramwell and Deputy Director IFR Operations, Commander Mick Hicking accept a Special Judges Award for the International Fleet Review 2013 at the 2014 Australian Event Awards.

The lasting impression left by the International Fleet Review was recognised recently, with a ‘Special Judges Award’ at the Australian Event Awards.
 
For 10 days in October last year, Sydney Harbour and surrounds were brought alive with all things naval as Navy put on a show celebrating 100 years since the fleet entered Sydney for the first time.
 
Over one million spectators lined the foreshore or took to the harbour to view the IFR Pyrotechnics and Lightshow Spectacular. Tens of thousands viewed the re-enactment of the 1913 entry, watched the combined navies parade and took the opportunity to tour warships from across the globe.
 
Mr Sandy Hollway presented the award and said it was the first time since the awards' inception in 1999 that the judges decided to use their discretion to present a special award.
 
“We have not given an award like this before, and I imagine it will be done only rarely and in quite unique cases in the future,” Mr Hollway said.
 
“The fact is we are recognizing a literal one-off, once in a lifetime event, namely the commemoration on and around Sydney Harbour of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Navy.
 
“The judging panel believed that this deserved special recognition for two reasons. The first is the intrinsic importance of the event marking, as it did, a very special birthday of a major Australian institution, the Royal Australian Navy, which has been at the forefront of ensuring the security of our country, often with great courage and great sacrifice,” Mr Hollway said.
 
“Secondly for the scale and quality of the commemoration.  It was logistically challenging, creatively inspired in the way it told an important Australian story, highly coordinated including with other countries and enjoyed by millions live, on television or through other media.”
 
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, accepted the award on behalf of the Chief of Navy.
 
“When the original Fleet entered Sydney Harbour in 1913, residents of Sydney lined the cliffs, came out on boats and viewed from the air what was a huge party. Within a year though, Australia was at war.
 
“Right now, we have 2,500 sailors serving at sea, building our heritage for the next 100 years,” Rear Admiral Mayer said.
 
Rear Admiral Mayer then acknowledged key event partners - the State Government, the City of Sydney and Imagination Australia for the role they played in staging the International Fleet Review.