Sports awards

Sport Waikato is again ac­knowl­edg­ing sport­ing ex­cel­lence.

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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.

PHOTO: FAIR­FAX NZ

Mata­mata-Pi­ako dis­trict sports awards guest speaker Scott Don­ald­son.

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