Kiwi sporting legend honoured with new Rural Sports Award

It’s time for rural sports organisations to get their nominations in for the prestigious annual Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards.

The Awards celebrate the cream of New Zealand’s rural sportspeople and will be presented at a gala function on Friday 8 March 2019, as part of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games celebration in Palmerston North.

The Allflex Sir Brian Lochore Outstanding Sportsperson from a Rural Background Award is a new addition to the awards for 2019. It will honour an athlete from any sports code who comes from a rural background. The award puts a spotlight on the contributions of rural people to the wider New Zealand’s sporting community.
“Many of New Zealand’s greatest athletes have come from rural backgrounds,” says award patron Sir Brian Lochore.

“The challenges for rural athletes can be great, including lack of facilities, lack of coaching, and immense distances travelled to train and compete. I’m delighted to be associated with an award that recognises the extra challenges these athletes have had to meet and overcome to achieve success in their fields and the contribution they have made to New Zealand.”
Allflex Asia-Pacific and China Chief Executive, Shane McManaway is delighted to be sponsoring the new award.
“Allflex is all about excellence, commitment and performance in the rural sector, so sponsoring an award acknowledging the excellence, commitment and performance of athletes from rural backgrounds made perfect sense to us.”

Tim Myers, Chief Executive Officer at Norwood, said Sir Brian is a living Kiwi legend who has been a great friend to rural sports for generations, so it is right to honour him.

“We had a fantastic array of nominees and the winners of the 2018 Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards. They are outstanding Kiwi shearers, tree climbers, fencers, riders, wood choppers and administrators, and I am sure 2019 will be no different.
Nominations are now open for:

  • The Norwood New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year
  • The Skellerup New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year
  • The Fonterra Young New Zealand Rural Sportsperson of the Year
  • The Levno Contribution to the New Zealand Rural Sports Industry.
  • The Toyota Lifetime Legacy Award
  • The Allflex Sir Brian Lochore Outstanding Sportsperson from a Rural Background

The 2018 winners were multiple international tree-climbing championship winner Chrissy Spence, New Zealand and World Champion shearer John Kirkpatrick, young international rodeo rider Tegan O’Callaghan, shearing sports administrator Jude McNabb and multi-award-winning fencer Paul van Beers.

Nominations close at the end of January 2019 and finalists will be announced in February 2019.

Later this year, speakers at the awards will be announced and tickets are available from Kris Taylor at Taylored Events on 021 488 424 or email kris@tayloredevents.co.nz. Tickets are strictly limited, and will be allocated on a first-in-first-served basis.

For more information:
Steve Hollander
Founder Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards
021973207