Southland’s best to be recognised

Brendon McDermott
Brendon McDermott
More than a dozen sporting codes ranging from mountain biking to motorbike racing feature as finalists in this year’s Southland Sports Awards

Despite a year when sport was significantly disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Southlanders were still able to achieve outstanding feats at national and international level.

Southland Amateur Sports Trust chairman Tom Pryde said the level of achievement had made the judging process very difficult.

“These awards are among the longest-running sports awards in the country and every year the judging panel are in awe of the impact Southlanders have in sport on the national and world stage, and this year is no different.”

Sport Southland hosts the annual awards on behalf of the Southland Amateur Sports Trust and had opted to create a virtual event in 2020, like the Otago Sports awards.

“The ongoing ramifications of the pandemic, particularly the financial impact, is challenging everyone to think differently.

‘‘In terms of this year’s awards, it’s really important the Southland community has that opportunity to reflect on great success across the board, but we are also mindful of doing so in a way that’s appropriate for these difficult times,” Sport Southland chief executive Brendon McDermott said.

As well as the seven category winners, the Mike Piper Trophy for commitment and excellence among Academy Southland’s programme will be awarded and up to four services to sport honours will be presented.

The awards will be presented over five nights from June 29.

One interesting nominee is Steel netballer Gina Crampton, who was also nominated in the just-completed Otago Sports Awards.


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