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Friday 13 October 2006

Sports Stars Get Recogition as Nominations Open for the Kia Motors Peoples Choice Sports Awards

New Zealanders have until midnight on the 23rd October 2006 to nominate their sporting heroes via the Kia Motors People’s Choice Sports Awards website: www.peopleschoice.co.nz.

The Kia Motors People’s Choice Sports Awards comprise six awards categories: Sports Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Sporting Icon of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Sportsman of the Year, Sporting Moment of the Year as well as the overall Supreme Winner.

The top five nominees from each category, as chosen by the New Zealand public, will be announced in a series of weekly studio shows broadcast on SKY Sport 1 and simulcast on Radio Sport. The first show will reveal the five finalists in the Sports Team of the Year category on Monday 30 October 2006 at 8:30pm.

New Zealanders can then vote for their preferred finalist in each category either online at www.peopleschoice.co.nz , via text message or using their SKY remote. Voting will open at the conclusion of each category show and will close one week later at the start of each new category show. Not only is voting free, but every vote will enter participants in the draw to win a Kia car.

The winner from each of the six categories, as well as the overall Kia Motors People’s Choice Sports Awards Supreme Winner, will be announced on Friday 8 December 2006.

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About the Kia Motors People’s Choice Sports Awards
New Zealanders are very passionate when it comes to sport and their sporting heroes. Over the years, the New Zealand public has been clamouring to play a part in choosing the major awards. In an unique partnership designed to deliver on the expectations of viewers, listeners and readers, SKY Television, The Radio Network and Fairfax New Zealand, joined together to provide the opportunity for New Zealanders to choose their favourite sports heroes of the year - the Kia Motors People’s Choice Sports Awards.

The Kia Motors People’s Choice Sports Awards is an annual event that provides the opportunity for all kiwis to vote for their sporting heroes. Proceeds from the awards are donated to Paralympics New Zealand. Following its inception in 2004, the awards have generated more than $200,000 for Paralympics New Zealand.

Schedule of coverage on SKY Sport 1 and Radio Sport
Preview Show 23 Oct 8.30-9.30pm
Show 1: sports team 30 Oct 8.30-9.30pm
Show 2: coach 6 Nov 8.30-9.30pm
Show 3: sporting icon 13 Nov 8.30-9.30pm
Show 4: sportswoman 20 Nov 8.30-9.30pm
Show 5: sportsman 27 Nov 8.30-9.30pm
Show 6: sporting moment 4 Dec 8.30-9.30pm
Live from the Red Carpet 8 Dec 6.00-7.00pm
Behind the Scenes show 8 Dec 7.00-8.30pm
Supreme Awards Show 8 Dec 8.30-10.00pm

Previous Winners
Sports Team
- 2004 Bay of Plenty Steamers
- 2005 The All Blacks

Coach
- 2004 Gorden Tietjens
- 2005 Graham Henry

Paralympian of the Year
- 2004 Peter Martin

Sporting Icon
- 2005 Sir Peter Blake

Sportswoman
- 2004 Sarah Ulmer
- 2005 Irene Van Dyk

Sportsman
- 2004 Hamish Carter
- 2005 Michael Campbell

International Sportsperson
- 2004 Lance Armstrong
- 2005 Roger Federer

Supreme Award
- 2004 Sarah Ulmer
- 2005 Michael Campbell


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