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Finalists selected for New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards

Finalists selected for New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards
April 13, 2017

The 16 finalists for the 2017 New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards exemplify the exciting and valuable work happening in the sector, judges say.

Chair of the judging panel, Peter Dale, says the number and range of outstanding nominations in every category points to the high-quality work being carried out across the sector.

Announcing the finalists, Dale explained “nominations range from high performance campaigns which delivered great results at Rio to those showing the positive impact sport can have on social issues in communities.

“In total they exemplify just what sport and active recreation can do for our national wellbeing.”

The New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards, now in their 10th year, are organised by Sport NZ and presented in conjunction with its annual Connections Conference, which will this year be held in Auckland on 29th and 30th May.

Geoff Barry, General Manager of Community Sport at Sport NZ, says sport and recreation bodies needed to think and act differently to attract New Zealanders, especially with the range of other pastimes on offer in today’s technological world.

Barry added “we know that overall participation has been declining. Our aim is to arrest that and we are delighted with the quality and range of this year’s finalists, not least because they show us that our partners are just as committed as we are to keeping the country active.”

The New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards consist of five categories. In addition to shortlisting for each, the judges considered nominations for the C K Doig Leadership Award, to be announced with the winners at the awards ceremony on 29th May.

The finalists by category (in alphabetical order) are:

Commercial Partnership: 
Badminton New Zealand and OnePure
Paralympics New Zealand and ACC NZ, Cadbury and Sanford Ltd
Sport Northland and ASB Partnership

Community Impact: 
Activating the Wairoa Community - Sport Hawke’s Bay
The Northeast Pathways project - Hutt City Council
The Pasifika Aotearoa Cup, Women’s Rugby Festival - NZ Rugby

Event Excellence: 
2016 World Bowls Championships - Bowls NZ
Aon 2016 Youth Sailing World Championships - Yachting NZ
Crankworx Rotorua - Sport Bay of Plenty
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Waka Ama Sprint National Championships - Waka Ama NZ

High Performance Campaign: 
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke 49er class, 2016 Rio Olympic Games Campaign - Yachting NZ
Sophie Pascoe, 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Campaign - Paralympics NZ
Tom Walsh, 2016 Olympic Games Campaign - Athletics NZ

Innovation Excellence: 
Basketball NZ Enables ‘Glory League’ and Gamifies Basketball - Basketball NZ
Community Playgroups - NZ Rugby League
Northland Rugby, Blue Card - NZ Rugby

The awards are being judging by a panel of Peter Dale (Chair), Sir John Wells, Selwyn Maister, Jennifer Gill and Geoff Barry.

Click here for details of the Connections Conference in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar.

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10th May 2013 - PASSION, DEDICATION AND INNOVATION SHOWCASED AT NEW ZEALAND SPORT AND RECREATION AWARDS 

2nd May 2012 - NEW ZEALAND SPORT AND RECREATION AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED 


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