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It’s time to recognise the region’s sports stars

Which sportswoman achieved at the highest level, which youth sportsman won national honours, which sports club best promotes their sport on and off the field, which official achieved international or national recognition and who is that hardworking stalwart who gets the team gear ready every week, puts out the corner flags each Saturday or keeps the clubrooms clean?

There are many, many worthy contenders who deserve to be recognised in the 2023–24 Wairarapa Times-Age Sports Awards, for which nominations are now open.

From senior men and women, youth sportswomen and sportsmen, junior sportspersons, teams at senior, youth and junior levels, and para-sports to the coaches and officials, without whom we don’t have sport, and to those tireless workers behind the scenes that ensure everything is ticking over, there are 15 categories to recognise our region’s sports achievers.

The awards cover sporting achievements from April 1 2023, to March 31 2024, Easter Sunday. The Volunteer and Administrator categories can recognise achievements and hard work over many years.

The awarded categories are Senior Sportsman, Senior Sportswoman, Youth Sportsman, Youth Sportswoman, Junior Sports Personality, Para Sports Personality, Administrator, Volunteer, Official, Junior Contribution to Sport, Coach, Junior Team, Youth Team, Senior Team, and Club of the Year.

Nominations can be made by anyone, including the nominee, whether it be an individual, club, team, or school. Nomination forms will be published in the Wairarapa Times-Age and Wairarapa Midweek, with nominations closing Friday, May 17, 2024, at 4.30 pm

The winners of all categories will automatically become finalists for the Supreme Champion award.

There will also be a Lifetime Achievement Award and a People’s Choice Award.

The winners of the Wairarapa Times-Age Sports Awards will be announced at an awards evening on Tuesday, July 23, at the Carterton Events Centre.

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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