Young sports stars recognised at awards
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.