Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards


New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year Award

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New Zealand Rural Sportswoman of the Year Award

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Young New Zealand Rural Sportsperson of the Year Award

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Contribution to the Rural Sports

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Lifetime Legacy

(inaugural award in 2018)

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2018 Norwood Rural Sports Awards

The Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards is New Zealand’s premier celebration of our rural sporting athletes

Friday 9 March, Awapuni Racecourse, Palmerston North

Hosted by The Country’s Jamie McKay

Nominations from New Zealand’s rural sports associations are being taken now. In February 2018, the finalists will be announced.

To register for tickets for the Awards Dinner please contact Nicky Vallender at Event-It on 021 033 5605.

2017 Winners

~ New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year Award ~

Rowland Smith
For 2016, Rowland Smith is the reigning World Champion and won a remarkable 23 open titles throughout the country. The Hasting’s shearer is also the reigning Golden Shears, Hilux New Zealand Speed Shear and New Zealand Open Champion; and in 2016 received the honour of Master Shearer.

~ New Zealand Rural Sportswoman of the Year Award ~

Chrissy Spence
Morinsville aborist Chrissy Spence has taken her tree climbing talents to the top of the world winning the International Tree Climbing Championship in 2016. It is her fourth world title and she is also the reigning Asia Pacific Tree Climbing Champion.

~ Young New Zealand Rural Sportsperson of the Year Award ~

Jack Jordan
Jack Jordan is quickly making a name for himself in the sport of wood chopping. The Taranaki youngster shone in 2016 winning three underhand open wood chopping world titles which for a youth axeman is an amazing achievement.

~ Contribution to the Rural Sports Industry ~

Lance Waddell
Whangarei’s Lance Waddell has served shearing in NZ for almost 50 years and Shearing Sports NZ for more than 30 years as a judge, supplier of shearing plant and as a leader of the Shearing Sports NZ electronic points system scoring team. He has been involved with the points scoring system since 1985 and attends 14 competitions each season, setting up and operating the timing equipment non-stop throughout the competitions. His outstanding dedication and many hours of volunteer work over many years thoroughly deserves this award.

Our Judging panel

Former All Black captain and World Cup winning coach, Sir Brian Lochore

Sir Bryan Lochore
Sir Brian Lochore is a former New Zealand rugby player who represented and captained the All Blacks, playing in the positions of Number 8 and Lock. Lochore also later coached the team, taking the side to victory as coach in the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup. Lochore has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire and a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, as well as being inducted into the Order of New Zealand.

President of Shearing Sports New Zealand Sir David Fagan

Sir David Fagan
Sir David Fagan is a New Zealand sheep shearer from Te Kuiti. Fagan has won the New Zealand Golden Shears contest a record 16 times, as well as setting 10 world records and winning numerous other world and national titles. Fagan was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2016 New Year honours, following his last season on the shearing circuit.

Olympic equestrian medallist Judy ‘Tinks’ Pottinger

Judy Pottinger
Equestrian, Judy “Tinks” Pottinger won a Bronze Medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul in the Three Day Team Event, riding Volunteer. At the same Olympics, she was fifth in the individual competition. She has also won 10 national eventing titles on seven horses and has planned and organised New Zealand’s talent identification and development squads for over 10 years.

Taranaki-King Country MP Barbara Kuriger

Barbara Kuriger
Barbara Kuriger is was elected as the Member of Parliament for Taranaki – King Country in the 2014 general election, representing National. Kuriger is currently is Deputy Chairperson of the Health Committee, a member of the Primary Production Committee, and the National Party’s Third Whip. Kuriger was named the 2012 Diary Woman of the Year and has been a of the Boards of DairyNZ, Primary ITO Board, Taratahi, Dairy Women’s Network, and NZ Young Farmers.

Hilux New Zealand Rural Games founder and trustee Steve Hollander

Steve Hollander
Steve Hollander is the visionary behind the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, the Property Brokers Running of the Wools and the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards. A small landowner from Dairy Flat, Steve is the driving force behind the Games. He is dedicated to raising awareness of rural sports and athletes, helping to ensure farmers and their families have fun events to look forward to and celebrating New Zealand’s rural heritage while at the same time trying to close the rural urban divide.

Craig ‘Wiggy’ Wiggins

Craig Wiggins
Based in rural Canterbury, Craig ‘Wiggy’ Wiggins is a MC, Sports Commentator, Rodeo Compere, Horse Trainer and Farmer and is perhaps best known for his six years commentating the FMG Young Farmer of the Year.

Tony Leggett

Tony Leggett
Based in Feilding, Tony Leggett was the Head of NZX Agri for almost 20 years. He owns Country-Wide and The New Zealand Dairy Exporter magazines and publishes these alongside Young Country.

Jamie Mackay

Jamie Mackay
Jamie Mackay farmed at Riversdale for ten years. In 1994, Jamie purchased 4ZG from Radio New Zealand, rebranding as Hokonui Gold and beginning The Farming Show, which later went nationwide on Radio Sport and was renamed The Country in 2016. Jamie is still heavily involved in farming, being an equity partner in a Southland dairy farm.



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