The award is 'made to an athlete who has had a long and successful sporting career, teamed with positive achievements in other areas of their life.'
Woodward was a scholarship holder at the VIS from 1990-2000, she was also the VIS canoe slalom coach and worked as an ACE advisor for the VIS tennis and softball programs.
Woodward reigned as national champion in all but two years between 1983-2001, won a silver medal in the K1W class at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and was K1W world cup champion in 1994.
She balanced her sporting achievements with a career in the Australian Federal Police, where she has been working for over 25 years and is now a Detective Sergeant. In 2001 she was deployed to East Timor as a peacekeeper. She has also been National Slalom Coach, and has been a national selector for slalom from 2005.
In 2002 Woodward was awarded an Order of Australia medal. She held positions on the Advisory Commission for ASADA and was Director of Athlete Services at the 2012 London Olympic Games and will be the Manager of Athlete Welfare at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
These are just a few of many achievements, and Australian Canoeing is extremely grateful for the years of talent and hard work Danielle has contributed to the sport.