Young sporting talent is set to shine at the Howick Sports Awards.
Nominations can be made online and close 10 August, with the awards set for 14 September.
“We’re fortunate to have incredible sportspeople in our area and it’s time to celebrate their successes. Every year we’re blown away by the amazing talent of our sportspeople, creating a challenge for our judges to pick the best”, board chair Damian Light says.
Funded by the Howick Local Board and now into its 10th year of operation, the event celebrates the region’s local talents and their efforts over the past year on and off the field.
“It’s important we recognise the individuals and organisations who support them to perform at local, regional, national, and even global levels. The coaches, administrators and volunteers who enable these local stars to shine are celebrated too.”
Board funding allows free tickets for all finalists, substantial price reductions for other guests, purchasing awards, a guest speaker and the administration costs.
“The awards are an annual event celebrating the best of the best in the Howick Ward”, event organiser and Pakuranga United Club general manager Mike Bongiovanni says.
“The significance is not only in recognising winners, but also in getting to meet the other clubs/schools in the room, and meeting Howick Local Board members, something that’s been beneficial to our growth and place in the community.”
Finalists will be announced 18 August and ticket sales open on 21 August.
Period of achievements to be considered must fall between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023. "Junior" athletes are considered U19s as of January 1 2023.
The nominee must reside within the Howick Local Board area or represent a sports club or organisation within the area.
Sportsman / Sportswomen of the Year: An athlete who has excelled as an individual or in a team in one or more sports.
Coach: Outstanding performance that’s seen the nominee’s athlete or team achieve success.
Masters: Outstanding performance by athletes over 30.
Service: Individuals honouring 20plus years of service to a club, school or association in any aspect of sport. Not subject to judging, but nominees are expected to have also been recognised by their club or organisation.
Official: Outstanding performance by a referee/umpire/official.
Club: Outstanding performance as a club, making a difference in the community with new initiatives and opportunities. Can also be based on growth and results.
Junior team: Team with all members under the age of 19 as of January 1 2023.
Team: Outstanding performance by a team.
Junior Sportsman / Sportswomen: U19 athlete who as excelled as an individual or in a team.
Administrator: Outstanding performance.
School Awards: Outstanding performance.
Volunteer: Outstanding performance.
Internationalist of the Year: Outstanding performance at the international level.
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