Awards cel­e­brate ser­vice

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

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

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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.

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