Price will do the honours

PETER JONES
Last updated 09:06 20/05/2014

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From a knight of rugby to a legend of league.

The role of guest speaker at the Marlborough Express/Blenheim Round Table Marlborough Sports Awards has passed from Graham Henry in 2013 to Steve Price this year.

Now living in Auckland, Price is a much sought after motivational speaker whose vast experience in the no holds barred world of international rugby league allows him to provide a unique insight into a sport where controversy and big collisions go hand in hand.

Price made his name as a durable, skilful and inspiring player on both sides of the Tasman.

His league career spanned 17 years. After debuting in 1994 with the Canterbury Bulldogs he played 222 matches for the Sydney-based outfit, winning two premierships, before moving to New Zealand and taking a captaincy role with the Warriors in 2005.

He played 91 matches for the Warriors plus 28 State of Origin matches for Queensland and 16 tests for Australia. He retired in 2010.

Price graduated with a Master of Business Administration in 2010, the same year he was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to NZ Rugby League. He has been described as the "most loved Australian in New Zealand sporting history."

The awards evening will take place at The Marlborough Convention Centre on November 17.

The format for the evening will be similar to 2013, with winners of the Sportsman of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year, Junior Sportsman of the Year, Junior Sportswoman of the Year and Team of the Year going forward to vie for the overall Marlborough Sportsperson of the Year award, claimed last year by squash star Megan Craig.

Sport Tasman are again a major sponsor and an integral part of the organising committee.

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- The Marlborough Express

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