The New Zealand Rural Sports Awards are back for 2023 and calling for nominations to honour the best of our rural athletes.
With the Awards only three months away, now is the time for rural sports organisations to get their nominations in.
This is the seventh year the awards will honour athletes, and the volunteers and administrators who make rural sports possible.The Awards expect to receive nominations for sports as varied as wood-chopping, shearing, horse-riding, tree-climbing, shooting, highland heavies, gumboot throwing and fencing.
Convenor of judges and Olympic medallist rower, Nathan Twaddle said given the disruptions of COVID-19 our awards in 2023 will be for achievements in both 2021 and 2022.
A new award that is being offered is the Future Post Rural Sportsperson with a Disability. “We want to ensure our awards are open to everyone. The new award will ensure those rural sports athletes with disabilities are recognised.”
Nominations are now open for
Two other awards will be announced on the night of the New Zealand Rural Sports Awards, they are the:
The Awards will be presented at a gala function at Awapuni Racecourse on Friday 12 March 2023, during the New Zealand Rural Games Weekend in Palmerston North.