Rugby leg­end hon­oured with ru­ral sports award

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A gala func­tion to cel­e­brate ru­ral sports­peo­ple will be held in Palmer­ston North next year.

The cream of New Zealand’s ru­ral sports­peo­ple will be cel­e­brated on March 8 and ru­ral sports or­gan­i­sa­tions are be­ing in­vited to get nom­i­na­tions in for the awards.

The an­nual Nor­wood NZ Ru­ral Sports Awards have a new ad­di­tion, with the Allflex Sir Brian Lo­chore Out­stand­ing Sportsperson from a Ru­ral Back­ground Award.

It will hon­our an ath­lete from any sport­ing code who comes from a ru­ral back­ground and puts the spot­light on the con­tri­bu­tions of ru­ral peo­ple to New Zealand’s sport­ing com­mu­nity.

Award pa­tron Sir Brian Lo­chore says many of New Zealand’s great­est ath­letes have come from ru­ral back­grounds.

“The chal­lenges for ru­ral ath­letes can be great, in­clud­ing lack of fa­cil­i­ties, lack of coach­ing, and im­mense dis­tances trav­elled to train and com­pete. I’m de­lighted to be as­so­ci­ated with an award that recog­nises the ex­tra chal­lenges these ath­letes have had to meet and over­come to achieve suc­cess in their fields and the con­tri­bu­tion they have made to New Zealand.”

Nor­wood chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim My­ers says Sir Brian is a liv­ing Kiwi leg­end who has been a great friend to ru­ral sports for gen­er­a­tions.

“We had a fan­tas­tic ar­ray of nom­i­nees and the win­ners of the 2018 Nor­wood NZ Ru­ral Sports Awards.

“They are out­stand­ing Kiwi shear­ers, tree climbers, fencers, riders, wood chop­pers and ad­min­is­tra­tors, and I am sure 2019 will be no dif­fer­ent.”

Nom­i­na­tions are now open for the Nor­wood New Zealand Ru­ral Sports­man of the Year, Skellerup New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year, Fon­terra Young New Zealand Ru­ral Sportsperson of the Year, Levno Con­tri­bu­tion to the New Zealand Ru­ral Sports In­dus­try, Toy­ota Life­time Legacy Award and the Allflex Sir Brian Lo­chore Out­stand­ing Sportsperson from a Ru­ral Back­ground.

The 2018 win­ners were mul­ti­ple in­ter­na­tional treeclimb­ing cham­pi­onship win­ner Chrissy Spence, New Zealand and World Cham­pion shearer John Kirk­patrick, young in­ter­na­tional rodeo rider Te­gan O’Cal­laghan, shear­ing sports ad­min­is­tra­tor Jude McNabb and multi-award-win­ning fencer Paul van Beers.

Nom­i­na­tions close at the end of Jan­uary 2019 and fi­nal­ists will be an­nounced in Feb­ru­ary 2019.

■ Tick­ets are avail­able from Kris Tay­lor at Tay­lored Events on 021 488 424 or email [email protected]­lore­de­vents.co.nz. Tick­ets are strictly lim­ited, and will be al­lo­cated first-in-first-served.

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