The very first Peter Mac Medal has been awarded in the Victorian Wheelchair Football League (VWFL).

The Peter Mac Medal is awarded after a VWFL Collingwood versus Hawthorn match.

The Medal goes to the player that best represents the values of resilience, commitment and teamwork, as chosen by the umpires.

The match was played on Sunday, 14 November, after being postponed since July due to COVID. 

The Hawks held off a third-quarter come-back from the Magpies to win 83 to 76 - and dominant Hawks forward Jaylen Brown was awarded the first Peter Mac Medal.

"It feels pretty good - pretty special to get such a good award," said Jaylen, who drove three hours from Warrnambool to play in this match.

Hawks forward Jaylen Brown who received the Peter Mac Medal
Hawks forward Jaylen Brown who received the Peter Mac Medal

Peter Mac’s Executive Director of People and Culture, Sean Curtain, presented the Medal after Sunday's match and also thanked Collingwood Football Club for their ongoing support of Peter Mac.

It was Collingwood VWFL team captain Brendan Stroud's vision to have a Peter Mac Medal as an extension of the AFL's long-running Peter Mac Cup.

"It's great for our game, and it's something that is close to my heart having cancer myself," Brendan said after the game.

"From where (wheelchair) football started in 2016, we started with nine players ... now we've got over 50 players playing, and how proud can you be to see that grow and see the players loving it.

"It's a beautiful thing to watch."

The VWFL exists to provide Victorians with a physical disability the opportunity to play Australian Rules football, at a competitive level.

See more about the VWFL here and you can also watch matches live via their Facebook page.

The Peter Mac Cup is contested each AFL season during a Collingwood versus Carlton game. 

Since 1993 the Peter Mac Cup has raised more than $1 million for cancer research, and allowed Peter Mac to reach the footy community with important cancer risk, prevention and detection messages.