Sport Waikato is again acknowledging sporting excellence.
Judging was completed last week for the annual district sports awards, with presentations made at a function in Matamata Memorial Centre on Wednesday, November 11.
Winners will be considered for the prestigious Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards in January.
Sport Waikato district coordinator Lou Beer said the awards season comes at a very successful sporting period for the greater Waikato region.
‘‘We have lots to celebrate and I believe that recognising sporting talent and individual or club excellence in our district is very important.’’
Categories include Sportsperson of the Year, Junior Sportsperson, Team of the Year, Referee/Umpire and Administrator.
There is also a Sports Personalty award, along with a Service to Sport category. A new section this year will recognise those who compete at masters (over 35) level.
Guest speaker at this year’s awards function is Trans-Tasman kayaker and former Matamata College pupil Scott Donaldson.
Earlier this year Donaldson revealed he wanted to attempt another solo paddle across the Tasman.
His third attempt in July ended after 84 days at sea when he was rescued about 74km off Cape Egmont.
Donaldson would almost certainly use the same route, starting at Forster, New South Wales, and heading for New Plymouth.
Tickets are available from all Matamata-Piako District Council offices.
Matamata-Piako district sports awards guest speaker Scott Donaldson.