Queenstown's Sevens with Altitude Committee won the supreme
award at the 2012 TrustPower Queenstown Lakes District
Community Awards at Edgewater in Wanaka last night.
For nine years, the committee has organised the annual
player-focused National Rugby Sevens tournament in
Queenstown, liaising with 26 provincial unions, various
suppliers, pub charities, local bodies and more than 100
volunteers on the event logistics.
The supreme award win earned the committee a framed
certificate, a trophy and $1500 prize money, plus the chance
to represent the region at the 2012 TrustPower National
Community Awards, in the Far North district in March 2013.
TrustPower community relations representative Jess Somerville
said the energy and enthusiasm the committee put into each
tournament was inspiring.
"This is a very large-scale event with many variables to
consider. The fact that it is also so beneficial to the local
community in terms of the visiting numbers and fundraising
opportunities for local sports and community groups is also
fantastic," she said.
"This group have also worked hard to raise the profile of
this tournament and, as you can imagine, planning happens
throughout the year. It's a huge credit to all that are
involved but particularly the seven gems who drive this
Other category winners at the awards were: Heritage and
Environment: Wakatipu Community Maritime Preservation
Society; Health and Well Being: joint winners Arrowtown
police station volunteers and St John Wakatipu; Arts and
Culture: Festival of Colour; Sport and Leisure: Bike Wanaka;
Educational and Child/Youth Development: Altrusa
International Club Queenstown; Youth Community Spirit:
Eachann Bruce from Mt Aspiring College.
TrustPower gave away a total of $5250 to community groups at
the awards, which are run in conjunction with the Queenstown
Lakes District Council.
This year's awards attracted 36 separate entries, the largest
number ever received.