Young sports stars recog­nised at awards

Whangarei Report - - SPORT - with BRENT EASTWOOD, chief ex­ec­u­tive, Sport North­land

Last week I talked about the five sports awards func­tions that Sport North­land holds across the re­gion an­nu­ally to ac­knowl­edge and cel­e­brate our best sports­peo­ple and the peo­ple who make sport hap­pen week in and week out.

Tonight (if you are read­ing this on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25) is the first, and pos­si­bly the most in­spir­ing, of those func­tions — the ASB North­land Sec­ondary Schools Sports Awards.

Many peo­ple who have at­tended this par­tic­u­lar sports awards func­tion men­tion how amazed they about the qual­ity of the young sport­ing tal­ent we have in North­land and how wide­spread that tal­ent is across so many sport­ing codes and of course across ev­ery com­mu­nity in our won­der­ful re­gion.

All North­land’s best young sport­ing tal­ent will be at the func­tion tonight, which cul­mi­nates with the an­nounce­ment of the best per­for­mance for boys and girls, as well as teams, over the last 12 months.

A new ini­tia­tive this year will see all fi­nal­ists of­fered com­pli­men­tary tick­ets to the func­tion through a unique spon­sor­ship ini­tia­tive that at­tracted many North­land busi­nesses and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to be­come in­volved.

New Zealan­ders are well known for their gen­eros­ity and ob­vi­ously our North­land com­mu­nity is no ex­cep­tion.

This year, due to dona­tions from 24 lo­cal busi­nesses, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als, all 176 in­di­vid­ual and team fi­nal­ists for the 2018 ASB North­land Sec­ondary Schools Awards have been af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend free of charge.

Sport North­land has been over­whelmed with the re­sponse to this call-out to help our Tai Tok­erau whanau in some small way.

With many of our young sports­peo­ple el­i­gi­ble to at­tend three, some­times four, of the five func­tions, the sports awards sea­son can be an ex­pen­sive one and we want ev­ery sec­ondary school finalist to at­tend this year.

By tak­ing away just one of the costs, we hope to have a much higher at­ten­dance of fi­nal­ists than in pre­vi­ous events.

Thanks to ‘peo­ple who knew peo­ple’, the idea to spon­sor a ta­ble at this year’s awards re­ally did flour­ish.

Those at­tend­ing tonight will know the source of this very generous fund­ing due to the in­di­vid­ual ta­bles through­out the sta­dium be­ing branded ac­cord­ingly.

A big thanks also to ASB for their longterm spon­sor­ship of this event — tonight will be the 27th stag­ing of this pop­u­lar event and it will also be the 27th time that ASB has sup­ported it through nam­ing rights spon­sor­ship — a re­mark­able achieve­ment and one that ASB and Sport North­land are very proud of.

Nga mihi to the team at ASB for their sup­port.

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