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Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - STAFF RE­PORTER

Nom­i­na­tions are now open for this year’s Cen­tral Otago Sports Awards.

Awards co-or­di­na­tor Bill God­sall said while there were a lot of elite ath­letes in the re­gion, it was im­por­tant clubs and in­di­vid­u­als got their nom­i­na­tions in, re­gard­less of whether they thought the ath­lete was good enough.

‘‘Let the judges make that de­ci­sion. It’s still a good opportunity to show­case your sport.’’

He par­tic­u­larly wanted to see more lo­cal sports clubs nom­i­nate their teams, as the teams’ cat­e­gory of­ten strug­gled to get nom­i­na­tions.

‘‘It could be the lo­cal rugby team or net­ball team which has won its lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion.’’

The top five in each of the cat­e­gories – se­nior sports­man and sportswoman, junior sports­man and woman, team and coach – will be se­lected and a win­ner for each cat­e­gory de­cided.

They will then vie for the supreme award.

The guest speaker at the awards din­ner at Ry­dges Lake­land Re­sort in Queenstown on April 28 will be Par­a­lympian Holly Robin­son, from Dunedin, who com­peted in javelin at the Lon­don 2012 Par­a­lympic Games and at the Rio 2016 Par­a­lympics, where she was the team’s flag­bearer.

Tick­ets are avail­able by con­tact­ing Sport Cen­tral.

Nom­i­na­tions close March 10.

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Dou­gal Al­lan, for­merly of Wanaka, broke records win­ning the 2017 Chal­lenge Wanaka.

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