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Sport NZ congratulates Sport and Recreation Award winners

28 May 2018

Sport NZ congratulates the winners of the annual New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards, held in Wellington this evening.

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“It’s vital that we recognise the work and people that support and encourage New Zealanders to be physically active and to win on the world stage, and for me this is a highlight of the year,” says Sport NZ Chief Executive Peter Miskimmin.
 
“It’s always a very special evening and this year was no exception. The awards ceremony brings together leaders from across the sector to recognise the top achievements and to acknowledge leadership and lifetime achievement.”
 
“Tonight also saw us award our inaugural Future Leaders Scholarship. This category was introduced to recognise the top emerging leaders. These people represent the future of the sport and recreation sector,” Mr Miskimmin says.
 
The awards coincide with Sport NZ’s annual Connections Conference for leaders from the sport and recreation sector. This year’s conference theme is “A world of opportunities” and features presentations from a range of national and international experts spanning disciplines including business, education, trade and technology.  
 
2018 Sport and Recreation Awards winners:
 

COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIP

Surf Life Saving NZ and BP 
 

COMMUNITY IMPACT

Just Shift It – The Shift Foundation
 

EVENT EXCELLENCE

World Masters Games 2017
 

HIGH PERFORMANCE CAMPAIGN

Black Ferns’ Women’s Rugby World Cup Campaign 2017
 

INNOVATION EXCELLENCE

Athletics NZ – Vertical Pursuit 2017 and Beyond!
 

LOTTO NEW ZEALAND SPORT MAKER AWARD

Sarah Shand
 

C.K. DOIG LEADERSHIP AWARD

Dean Murphy
 

FUTURE LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP

Joe Hitchcock
 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

David Abercrombie
Cushla McGillivray
Bill Main OBE 

Media Contact:

Lucy Orbell: 0211 949503

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