Nominations for top sports stars needed
Time is running out to nominate the sports stars, teams and clubs that have done the CHB community proud over the last 12 months.
Sport Hawke's Bay Community Sport Advisor for CHB, Nicki Heremaia, is calling for what she hopes will be a record number of nominations for the 2018 CHB Mail Central Hawke's Bay Sport Awards.
“There has been some great performances over the last year. You only have to look at the number of locals competing at the highest level to know we are again well represented in the sport sector”.
“We've got a lot of talent in the CHB and it's really important that we don't miss any of these achievements locally, nationally or internationally.”
“It's also important to nominate those who volunteer in sport.”
Councillor Ian Sharp has joined the judging panel which also includes Michele Hayes, Pete Burne, Rebecca Patterson and Garth Sherwood.
There are 14 categories with the overall Sportsperson of the Year Award decided from the Junior, Masters and Senior Sportsperson and Junior and Senior Team of the Year.
Nominations are open until until Friday, September 14 with finalists announced on Tuesday October 9, and a gala awards dinner at AW Parsons Indoor Stadium in Waipukurau on Friday November 2. Last year cyclist Regan Gough was supreme winner for the third consecutive year following a successful year on the bike, being selected for the 2017 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Former Black Fern and Central Hawke's Bay College old girl Emma Jensen was also inducted into the CDP Print Hall of Fame.
Heremaia said 2018 promised to again bring a well-known identity as guest speaker.
“We are not far off securing a high-profile guest speaker which is always one of the highlights of the evening. The awards generate some great conversation around the community. I encourage everyone to get nominations in and make the job a little harder for the judges,” Heremaia said.
■ Nominations can be made now at sporthbchb.net.nz