In­ter­est de­clines for awards

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The fu­ture of Mata­mata-Pi­ako Sports Awards could be at risk if nom­i­na­tions con­tinue to de­cline.

The district sports awards on­line nom­i­na­tions are now open, un­til Septem­ber 28.

The awards will take place in Novem­ber.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Sport Waikato co-or­di­na­tor Lou Beer says nom­i­na­tions have been de­clin­ing over the past five years.

She says if it con­tin­ues, there may no longer be a ded­i­cated district sports award event.

‘‘We may see them com­bine with another district, mean­ing less lo­cal op­por­tu­nity for our sports peo­ple to be recog­nised.’’

There are seven cat­e­gories in­clud­ing sports per­son, coach, ju­nior sports man and woman, of­fi­cial, ad­min­is­tra­tor and ser­vice to sport.

‘‘It’s not just about high per­for­mance,’’ says Beer.

‘‘It’s about the ad­min­is­tra­tor who keeps the club go­ing and the coach who turns up ev­ery week de­spite side­line crit­i­cism.’’

Cat­e­gory win­ners from each district will go for­ward to be con­sid­ered for the Brian Perry Waikato Re­gional Sports Awards held in Jan­uary 2018. Nom­i­na­tions can be made on­line at sport­waikato.org.nz/awards.

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