Community award winners honoured

Sarah Walker
Guest speaker at the awards was Olympic medallist BMX biker Sarah Walker. PHOTO: ODT FILES
A celebration of Gore's athletes, cultural ambassadors, volunteers and young achievers was held last night at the Gore District Community Awards.

About 360 people attended the annual gala dinner to support their friends and family.

The awards, Gore District Council's flagship event, started 13 years ago and there were 46 nominees across eight categories.

Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks said, "I'm always staggered at the commitment of people in our community, many of them putting in hundreds of volunteer hours."

The Civic Award was won by Maurice Broome, who created cycle trails in Gore around the perimeter of Hamilton Park and alongside the Mataura River in Gore, resulting in greater use of those areas.

"He has been tenacious in his efforts, resourceful in getting materials and has done a huge amount of the planning and physical work himself," Mr Hicks said.

Guest speaker was Olympic medallist BMX biker Sarah Walker, who also attended a Gore BMX Club meet yesterday and will be at the Mataura Pump Track today for an event organised by Gore police, between 9.30am and 11am.

2019 award recipients

Civic Award: Maurice Broome

Young Achiever (joint winners): James Wards and Hamish Goatley

Woman of the Year: Mairi Dickson

Emerging Performing Artist: Sev Alanquihan

Services to Sport: Dana Turnbull

Junior Sportsperson: Paige McIvor. Runner-up: Cameron Millar

Community Coach of the Year: Simone Thornett

Contribution to Arts and Culture (joint winners): Janice Broad and Debbie Smith

Environment Award: Elsie Street and Longford Kindergarten

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