Nominations sought for Sports Awards

Nominations are now open for this year's House of Travel Central Otago Sports Awards and sports clubs and organisations are being urged to get their nominations in for the 2013 sporting year.

Awards co-ordinator Bill Godsall said while there were a lot of elite athletes in the region, it was important clubs and individuals got their nominations in, regardless of whether they thought the athlete was good enough.

"Let the judges make that decision. It's still a good opportunity to showcase your sport," he said.

The judging panel, led by Central Otago district mayor Tony Lepper, will go through all of the nominations to choose the top five in each of the categories - senior sportsman and sportswoman, junior sportsman and woman, team and coach - which will then go forward to be judged in their respective category. The winner of each category will then vie for the supreme award.

A services to sport award is chosen by the judges and will also be presented on the night.

The awards also included a junior roll of honour which was introduced to recognise those junior sportspeople who may not have made the junior sportsperson category but were still talented sportspeople and worthy of recognition.

Mr Godsall said the junior categories and the senior sportswoman category usually attracted the most entries, with the senior sportswoman category growing in popularity over the past few years.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Golden Gate Lodge, in Cromwell, on April 11.

Nominations close on March 7 and nomination forms are available by contacting Bill Godsall on (03) 445 1142 or 021 442 626 or by emailing him at

The Southland Times