SPARC is pleased to announce the finalists for the inaugural New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards.
The awards have been supported by SPARC to recognise and celebrate industry excellence within the New Zealand sport and recreation sector.
Every year, there are unsung organisations and individuals making outstanding contributions to the sector.
These awards are designed to give recognition to those dedicated individuals and organisations raising standards in the sport and recreation sector.
An independent panel of judges, led by Sir Wilson Whineray, considered applications across a range of categories and chose the finalists.
The winners will be announced on 27 April 2009.
The finalists are:
Awarded to an organisation which has successfully broken new ground with a sport or recreation project.
Mates in Bowls – Bowls New Zealand
RideStrong – Bike NZ
Sailing...Have a Go – Yachting New Zealand
Event Excellence Award
Awarded to an organisation which has displayed best practice in the delivery of an event.
11th World Bowls Competition 2008 – Bowls New Zealand
2008 Head World Masters Squash Championship – Squash New Zealand
FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup 2008 – New Zealand Football
Volkl Freeski Open 2008 – Snow Sports New Zealand
Project Collaboration Award
Awarded to organisations which have partnered in a successful sport and recreation collaboration.
ANZ National Championship-- New Zealand Netball, Netball Australia
City on its Feet -- Accident Compensation Corporation, Bay of Plenty District Health Board, Sport Bay of Plenty, Tauranga City Council
Hunter National Training Scheme-- New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association Inc, New Zealand Mountain Safety Council, New Zealand Police
Project Energize -- South Waikato Pacific Island Health Committee (SWPIHC), Sport and Leisure Studies Dept (University of Waikato), Sport Waikato, Te Kohao Health, Te Korowai Hauora O Hauraki, Waikato DHB, Wintec
Leadership Excellence Award
Awarded to a person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the sport and recreation sector.
Geoff Barry – Chief Executive, Surf Life Saving New Zealand
Dave Beeche – Chief Executive, Triathlon New Zealand
Kerry Clark – Chief Executive, Bowls New Zealand
Commercial Partnership Award
Awarded to an organisation which has demonstrated best practice in building a commercial partnership.
Sport Waikato and Mighty River Power
The Halberg Trust and Westpac
Triathlon New Zealand and Contact Energy
Lifetime Achievement Award
Announced on 27 April, the award will go to an individual who has made an outstanding lifetime contribution to the sport and recreation sector.