Awards celebrate service
The Inghams Matamata Piako Sports Awards night is all about celebrating the commitment, effort and time the community puts into sport at all levels. With hundreds of clubs offering a multitude of sporting activities, the annual awards promise to showcase this variety and community spirit but only if each club makes the effort to nominate their quiet achievers as well as the big successes.
One of the most impressive awards is the Service to Sport – this recognises individuals who have given 20 or more years to sport and it is these community stalwarts that have been instrumental in the achievements of the recipients of many of the other awards.
Matamata had two Service to Sport recipients last year. Johnathon Brown ( Hinuera Rugby) dedicated much of his free time since 1973 to rugby refereeing and administration. It is impossible to play competitive sport without officials so his contribution over the years was invaluable. Similarly, Keith Walker also received the award in recognition of commitment to boxing refereeing, officiating at the Olympic Games in Seoul and Los Angeles, four world championships, two Commonwealth Games and every national champs for 25 years.
Other categories in the awards include sportsperson, junior sportsman and woman, official, administrator, coach, team and club. Nominations close on October 10. and Judy Moss-owned Whosyourmaster put up a brilliant performance under-59 kilograms to take the day’s main sprint. One of the first to congratulate Lance on Pure Champion’s big win was his brother-in-law Mark Chittick, the part-owner of I
RECOGNITION: Service to Sport recipients at last year’s Matamata Piako Sports Awards included, from left, Hinuera Rugby’s Johnathon Brown, Tatuanui tennis’ Donna Arnold and boxing referee Keith Walker.