Sports awards grow­ing


There has been an up­surge in the num­ber of nominations for the se­nior sportswoman cat­e­gory of the Cen­tral Otago Sports Awards, co-or­di­na­tor Bill God­sall says. Nominations for this year’s awards are now open and clubs, coaches, fam­ily mem­bers and friends are be­ing urged to put the names of lo­cal sports­peo­ple for­ward be­fore the March 1 dead­line. God­sall said a few years ago he had to chase peo­ple to get any nominations for the se­nior sportswoman cat­e­gory, but last year there were seven ‘‘out­stand­ing’’ nominations. He be­lieves more women are want­ing to ‘‘have a go’’ at sports they per­haps missed out on when they were younger and their usu­ally gre­gar­i­ous na­tures meant they en­joyed par­tic­i­pat­ing in sports in a group. There are six cat­e­gories in the awards: se­nior and ju­nior sports­man and woman, team and coach, with the ju­nior cat­e­gories also gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity. The judg­ing panel, led by Cen­tal Otago mayor Tony Lep­per, will se­lect the top five nominations in each cat­e­gory, from which the win­ners will be se­lected. The supreme award would then go to one of the five win­ners. The judges would also se­lect the win­ner of the ser­vices to sport award and the ju­nior sports­men and women who had not reached the top five of their cat­e­gory, but were still very tal­ented, would be recog­nised in a ‘‘ju­nior roll of hon­our’’. God­sall said Cen­tral Otago’s en­vi­ron­ment at­tracted many world-class ath­letes, but this should not de­ter peo­ple from nom­i­nat­ing sports­peo­ple who had not reached the in­ter­na­tional stage. ‘‘A lot of peo­ple think they’re not good enough, or they’re em­bar­rassed to be nom­i­nated and they think they haven’t got a chance, but I say ‘let the judges make the de­ci­sion’.’’

Photo: GRANT BRYANT 627581383

What: House of Travel Cen­tral Otago Sports Awards When: April 5 Where: Ry­dges Lake­land Re­sort, Queen­stown Nominations: Forms avail­able from Sports Cen­tral in Cromwell or by con­tact­ing Bill God­sall on 021 442 626 Speed thrills: Brent and Maria Scam­mell and Chris Munro are hop­ing Wanaka’s Jetsprint Champs this Easter Satur­day will draw some big crowds.


Many en­tries: Cen­tral Otago Sports Awards co-or­di­na­tor Bill

God­sall with the Bruce Grant Me­mo­rial tro­phy which will be handed out at an awards evening in Queen­stown in April.

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