Ex­cel­lence no­ticed

Piako Post - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - DIS­TRICT SPORTS AWARDS

Sport Waikato’s Sports Awards sea­son is now in full swing for the up­com­ing Dis­trict Sports Awards, cel­e­brat­ing 2017 sport­ing ex­cel­lence, not only in the Mata­mata-Pi­ako dis­trict but the Waikato re­gion.

Nom­i­na­tions have now closed and judg­ing will be tak­ing place shortly for the Dis­trict Sports Awards set to be held through­out Novem­ber.

Most of the dis­tricts in the re­gion have their own awards event with cat­e­gory winners go­ing for­ward to be con­sid­ered for the pres­ti­gious Brian Perry Waikato Re­gional Sports Awards, held on Thurs­day Fe­bru­ary 1 next year.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Co­or­di­na­tor Lou Beer says there is a high cal­i­bre of nom­i­nees again this year in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories from a wide va­ri­ety of sports in­clud­ing Mor­rinsville Rugby and Sports Club in Club of the year, power lifter Matt Gor­don in Sportsper­son of the year and Ta­tiana Kau­moana in Ju­nior Sportsper­son of the year.

‘‘It’s been en­cour­ag­ing to see the range of sport­ing codes rep­re­sented in the nom­i­na­tions with ev­ery­thing from vol­ley­ball to lacrosse, and net­ball to mo­tor cross,’’ Beer said.

‘‘The depth of sport­ing tal­ent in our re­gion is very ex­cit­ing. I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to our awards evening and cel­e­brat­ing our dis­trict’s suc­cess,’’ Beer said.

The Ing­ham Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Sports Awards will this year be held at the Tat­u­anui Hall on State High­way 27 on Thurs­day Novem­ber 9 with the awards start­ing at 6.30pm.

Sup­per is in­cluded in the evening and the night will be hosted by MCs Sarah Ulmer and Cath Cheat­ley.

Ad­di­tional tick­ets are avail­able for pur­chase on­line at www.sport­waikato.org.nz/awards or from coun­cil of­fices in Mor­rinsville, Te Aroha and Mata­mata. Tick­ets cost $20 each. Sport Waikato Dis­trict Sports Awards events will take place in Mata­mata-Pi­ako, Taupo, South Waikato, Waikato, Waipa, Wait­omo, Hamil­ton and Hau­raki/Thames-Coro­man­del dis­tricts dur­ing the month of Novem­ber.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion check out: www.face­book.com/sport­waikato to fol­low the an­nounce­ments of the winners on each of the awards nights.

KA­T­RINA TANIRAU

Matt Gor­don has been nom­i­nated in the Sportsper­son of the Year cat­e­gory at the Sport Waikato Dis­trict Sports Awards.

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