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Wellington’s Sport Volunteers Recognised with Awards

Wellington’s Sport Volunteers Recognised with Awards

Sport Wellington is delighted to announce the regional finalists of the 2012 Sport Volunteer Awards.

Sport Wellington received over 350 nominations for the awards and the judges have had the difficult task of deciding regional winners in the three categories of Volunteer, Student Volunteer and Good Sorts.

Mark Watson, Community Coach Advisor for Sport Wellington said there were many nominations for people who had given many hours of their time each week to help out at the sport they were passionate about.

"They’re the ones refereeing, washing uniforms, keeping clubs running, they’re the Mums and Dads coaching teams of kids on Saturday mornings and during the week. It makes me very proud knowing there are people in our region putting so much into sport, into clubs and into their communities. Our finalists are inspiring individuals who have gone that extra mile. They put their hand up to help, and it’s been great to recognise their efforts with these awards," says Mark.

From the list of 32 finalists (see list below) the judges will decide upon a winner in each of the three categories. The category winners will be announced at an Awards breakfast on the 25th September to be held at the Mercure Wellington Willis St. The judges will also select an overall regional winner who will represent the Wellington region in the National Sport Volunteer of the year award, to be held at the NZ Sport and Recreation Awards in Rotorua in 2013.

All finalists will receive prizes sponsored by ASB, LoneStar, Vodafone, Trilogy, Lion, and Horley’s.

The Wellington regional finalists are:

Sport Volunteer Award (for all sport volunteers 18yrs +)

NameSporting OrganisationSport
David WrightDouglas Villa/Wairarapa CollegeFootball
Brandon KarawanaSt Oran's CollegeBasketball
Amanda GoldsmithOlympic Junior Track and FieldAthletics
Craig BaileyHutt Old Boys Marist RFCRugby Union
Graeme ButcherAthletics and Cycling MastertonAthletics
John MearsOriental RongotaiRugby Union
Willy SzetoKarori Athletics and Wellington Junior AthleticsAthletics
Jim MillarWainuiomata Rugby Football Club / Hutt Valley Junior Rugby AssociationRugby Union
Lorraine Bowring Upper Hutt Football ClubFootball
Sandy NimmoRimutaka Inline Hockey ClubHockey
David Ireland Onslow Cricket Club and St Patrick College WellingtonCricket
Louise Evans McDonaldWellington Harrier and Athletics ClubAthletics

Good Sorts Volunteer Award

NameSporting OrganisationSport
Andy HendersonParafed WellingtonBoccia - a sport specific to those with Cerebral Palsey
Dale StetchmanLower Hutt Primary Schools Sports AssociationNetball
Grant StephenNorth Wellington Football clubFootball
Joe O'NeillWellington Rowing ClubRowing
Gordon WyethTuhirangi Rugby Football ClubRugby Union
Kirsty RollanderKapiti Junior HockeyHockey
Liz PokiaTitahi Golf ClubGolf
Nick GoodallIsland Bay United AFCFootball
Sandy SaundersKapiti Junior TouchTouch
Stephanie WalkerMiramar Tennis ClubTennis
Zac InnesDouglas Villa Athletic Football ClubFootball
Willah MahwinneyParafed WellingtonSports for athletes with a physical disability, in the main wheelchair sports

Student Volunteer Award

NameSporting OrganisationSport
Darren DingleKuranui Old Boys Cricket ClubCricket
Matthew WhittonKapiti Judo
Marlissa HowardWellington East Girls CollegeNetball
James JordanFernridge Primary SchoolHockey
Samantha ElstonSamuel MarsdenWater Polo
Sophie CouperSamuel MarsdenNetball/Basketball
James BibbyRongotai CollegeFootball/Chess
Henry TutakaWellington High SchoolBasketball/Netball


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