High standard likely for sports awards

17:00, Apr 09 2014

Another year of outstanding achievements in sport and recreation will be celebrated at this year's Southland Sports Awards, with the May 30 occasion set to mark 60 years since the prestigious awards began.

Nominations for the 2013/14 awards close at 4pm tomorrow and organisers, Sport Southland, are expecting the standard to again be high as they prepare to celebrate the successes of Southland's athletes, teams, coaches, administrators and officials.

Sport Southland chief executive Brendon McDermott said nominations were coming in steadily.

"From recognising world and national champions through to those who put in the hard yards in the office day in and day out, the ILT Southland Sports Awards are a great way to acknowledge and celebrate all of the success and triumphs in Southland sport," he said.

"It has been 60 years since the first Southland Sportsperson of the Year Award was given out, and over that time the achievements of Southland sportspeople, administrators, coaches and officials has been nothing short of outstanding."

In previous years sport officials have been recognised under the administrator category, however this year organisers have opted to split the two in a move McDermott said makes sense.

"By breaking the category into two - Administrator of the Year and Official of the Year - we are able to better recognise the achievements of both."

McDermott said while anyone could make a nomination, organisers preferred that nominations be made through regional sports organisations. Nominations forms are at www.sportsouthland.co.nz