Still time to nom­i­nate for sports vol­un­teer awards

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

BikeNZ is run­ning a free bike skills pro­gramme in Mata­mata to teach chil­dren aged seven to 10 the ba­sics of rid­ing a bike, en­sur­ing they have the abil­ity to ride on roads and obey traf­fic sig­nals.

‘‘It’s great to give kids the op­por­tu­nity to try bik­ing and pro­vide them with coach­ing to im­prove their skills and con­fi­dence on the bike,’’ said coach Amy Burn­dred, Waikato’s Ki­wis­port Bike of­fi­cer.

The course which is spon­sored by Sport Waikato Sport and Re­cre­ation New Zealand, Wattie’s and MORE FM are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to say thanks to the many vol­un­teers who help make sport and re­cre­ation so en­joy­able.

Peo­ple have un­til mid­night Au­gust 23 to sub­mit nom­i­na­tions for this year’s SPARC Sport Vol­un­teer Awards.

There are three cat­e­gories the awards:

Wattie’s Stu­dent Sport Vol­un­teer Award (for sport vol­un­teers 18 years old or younger);

SPARC Sport Vol­un­teer Award (for sport vol­un­teers over 18 years of age);

Life­time Achieve­ment Award (for 25+ years of ser­vice to com­mu­nity sport).

Re­gional award win­ners will be de­cided by each of the 17 re­gional sports trusts in New Zealand with win­ners re­ceiv­ing sport store vouch­ers and for the Wattie’s Stu­dent Sport Vol­un­teer, a Wattie’s prize pack as well.

Pre­vi­ously the awards recog­nised vol­un­teer coaches only.

for But this year the awards have been ex­panded to recog­nise not just coaches but all 800,000 vol­un­teers at the heart of com­mu­nity sport – ref­er­ees, ad­min­is­tra­tors, fundrais­ers, kit­wash­ers, and coaches – the lot.

Sport and Re­cre­ation chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Miskim­min said the awards helped recog­nise peo­ple who put their hearts and souls into help­ing out.

‘‘I was at the park in the com­mu­nity where I live re­cently when there was a rugby tour­na­ment for un­der-8s. There were mums and dads coach­ing and ref­er­ee­ing, oth­ers keep­ing score, and the kids were hav­ing a ball. That’s what makes Satur­days for so many fam­i­lies.

‘‘I can re­mem­ber the coaches, the refs and other vol­un­teers who helped me with my sport when I was grow­ing up. Com­mu­nity sport in New Zealand can’t sur­vive with­out vol­un­teers.

‘‘The awards are one way of recog­nis­ing the con­tri­bu­tion they make. They’re a way of say­ing thanks. I re­ally en­cour­age peo­ple to get those nom­i­na­tions in,’’ Mr Miskim­min said.

Nom­i­na­tions can be made on line at: http://www.sparc.org.nz/ vol­un­teers.

Each one will gen­er­ate a thank you e-card which can in­clude a mes­sage from the per­son mak­ing the nom­i­na­tion.

Nom­i­na­tions re­ceived be­fore July 15 went in the MORE FM Sport Vol­un­teer Am­bas­sador early bird draw to win a trip for two fly­ing Air New Zealand to the 100% Pure New Zealand Win­ter Games in Queen­stown where they will watch the world-class ac­tion, ski Cardrona, stay at Ho­tel St Moritz, and get the use of a JUCY rental car.

Amy Burn­dred was a mem­ber of the Na­tional Women’s Cy­cling Team and has com­peted in a UCI Pro­fes­sional Women’s Cy­cling Team, rac­ing all over Europe, Amer­ica and Canada. She is now a full time Ki­wis­port bike coach and is look­ing for­ward to com­ing to Mata­mata to teach chil­dren the ba­sics of rid­ing a bike.

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