Still time to nominate for sports volunteer awards
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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