Nominations have opened for the 2013 Central Otago Sports
Awards, this year being presented in Queenstown.
Awards co-ordinator Bill Godsall said it was important for
clubs, coaches, friends or family of sports people to
nominate them for the awards, sponsored by House of Travel.
''It's very important for people to give us nominations for
their club or sport so their sport at least has a chance to
be recognised,'' he said.
The judging panel, led by Central Otago Mayor Tony Lepper,
would go through all nominations, whittling them down to the
top five in each of the six categories - senior sportsman,
senior sportswoman, junior sportsman, junior sportswoman,
team and coach.
The finalists would progress to judging in their respective
categories, with the winner of each category then in the
running for the supreme award.
A services to sport award would also be chosen by the judges,
to be presented during the awards evening.
Mr Godsall said even though Central Otago had many
world-class athletes, people should not let that deter them
for nominating sports people who might not have reached
''A lot of people think they're not good enough or they're
embarrassed to be nominated, and they think they haven't got
a chance, but I say, let the judges make the decision.''
The awards would also include a junior roll of honour,
introduced to recognise junior sports people who might not
have made the junior category but were still talented and
worthy of recognition.
Mr Godsall said the junior categories and the senior
sportswoman category usually attracted the most entries, with
the latter growing in popularity over the past few years.
Previously, the senior sportswoman category attracted about
two or three entries, but Mr Godsall attributed the growth to
a combination of factors.
''When I started this role 10 years ago, one of our KPIs (key
performance indicators) was to get more women out there [into
''Sports that are important to our region, females make up
the [majority of the] numbers ... snow sports, multisport,
''Our women are driven,
''If you show a guy the skill, if he can do it, he'll think
he's conquered it. A woman will want to improve it.
''If they do something, they want to do it incredibly well.''
The awards ceremony will be held at the Rydges Lakeland
Resort in Queenstown on April 5. Nominations close on March
Nomination forms can be collected from Sports Central in
Cromwell or by contacting Mr Godsall on 021 442-626.