Who are the top Porirua sports­peo­ple?


There’s still time to get those nom­i­na­tions in for the Porirua Sports Awards, but the dead­line is com­ing up fast.

The cut­off date is Septem­ber 19, with judges to meet soon af­ter. The event will be held at Te Rau­paraha Arena on Novem­ber 3.

Last year’s star turn was net­baller-turned-triath­lete Ngarama Mil­ner-Olsen, who took out the in­di­vid­ual sportswoman and Michael Camp­bell premier award, fol­low­ing her ef­forts at the long-dis­tance world triathlon cham­pi­onships last June.

The nom­i­na­tions, for Au­gust 31 last year to Septem­ber 1 this year, were trick­ling in, but peo­ple needed to get a wrig­gle on, said event man­ager He­len Brookes.

‘‘So many peo­ple and clubs leave it to the last minute, but that shouldn’t be the at­ti­tude,’’ she said. ‘‘Best to get it done, and soon.’’ Two rel­a­tively new cat­e­gories worth think­ing about for clubs and coaches this year were the Ath­lete with a Dis­abil­ity and Vol­un­teer of the Year.

The lat­ter re­places the Lotto Sport Mak­ers award and is likely to be sponsored by Porirua City Coun­cil.

The Ath­lete with a Dis­abil­ity cat­e­gory was won in 2015 by Steven Bishop, but he was the only nom­i­nee.

‘‘With that award, it’s quite a wide range of peo­ple that are el­i­gi­ble, in­clud­ing deaf ath­letes, sports­peo­ple in wheel­chairs and those that take part in Spe­cial Olympics,’’ Brookes said. Any­one with ques­tions about el­i­gi­bil­ity or need­ing more in­for- ma­tion can con­tact the arena.

‘‘We want this [award nom­i­na­tions] to be easy, and we’ve made it that way. It’s open to every­one, not just elite ath­letes.

‘‘They’re a bril­liant way to recog­nise the fan­tas­tic sport­ing achieve­ments hap­pen­ing all the time in Porirua.’’

Porirua City Coun­cil and Porirua Com­mu­nity Trust are host­ing the event.

Other win­ners last year were Kevin Smith (coach, golf), Marama Elk­ing­ton (young sportswoman, waka ama), Daniel Hil­lier (young sports­man, golf), Craig Cald­well (sports­man, darts), Tai­ma­nia women (team, waka ama) and Neil Har­ris (ser­vice to sport, ath­let­ics).

Past premier win­ners in­clude Jerry Collins and the Ti­tahi Bay Surf Boat A crew.

Go to ter­au­paraha-arena.co.nz to fill out a nom­i­na­tion form and find more in­for­ma­tion.

The Tawa Tigers wrestling team took top hon­ours at the Porirua Sports Awards in 2011.

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