Sports vol­un­teers to get recog­ni­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Sport New Zealand (Sport NZ) and MORE FM are en­cour­ag­ing Ki­wis to say thanks to the 800,000 vol­un­teers who help make sport pos­si­ble in this coun­try.

Each year vol­un­teers give 50 mil­lion hours of their time to help­ing oth­ers en­joy sport. But it will only take a minute to thank them with a nom­i­na­tion in the Sport Vol­un­teer Awards.

You can thank and nom­i­nate any kind of sport vol­un­teer. Whether they’re a coach, ref­eree, ad­min­is­tra­tor, sausage siz­zler or kit-washer, they all make a dif­fer­ence.

Visit sportnz. org. nz/ vol­un­teers for more in­for­ma­tion, to or­gan­ise a thank you or nom­i­nate a vol­un­teer for an Award. Each one will gen­er­ate a thank you e- card to your vol­un­teer in­clud­ing a per­son­alised mes­sage.

Re­gional award win­ners will be de­cided by the 17 re­gional sports trusts and will re­ceive prizes at local events.

Re­gional win­ners will also be in the run­ning for the ti­tle of New Zealand Sports Vol­un­teer of the Year.

The win­ner will be flown to the annual New Zealand Sport & Re­cre­ation Awards where they will be pre­sented with a tro­phy in front of lead­ers of the sport sec­tor.

Sport NZ chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Miskim­min said: ‘‘The awards help recog­nise peo­ple who put their hearts and souls into help­ing out.

‘‘ Com­mu­nity sport in New Zealand can’t sur­vive with­out vol­un­teers,’’ he said.

‘‘The awards are a way of say­ing thanks and let­ting them know their con­tri­bu­tion has been no­ticed.

‘‘I re­ally en­cour­age peo­ple to get those nom­i­na­tions in.’’

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