The 2020 Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards were announced this evening at Awapuni Racecourse in Palmerston North.
Convenor of the New Zealand Rural Sports Awards Judging Panel, Nathan Twaddle, says the awards celebrate traditional sports and the people who keep events running year-in and year-out in the towns and settlements across New Zealand.
“We had a fantastic line-up of finalists for each category. Our 2020 winners have proven themselves on the field of their rural sport or in the committee room organising rural sporting events around New Zealand.”
Tim Myers, Chief Executive Officer at Norwood, congratulated the winners, finalists and all those nominated.
“It has been an inspirational evening, hearing about the dedication and commitment of our rural athletes to their sport, and the standing they have on the international arena,” said Mr Myers.
“Norwood is proud to be able to highlight the skill, commitment and talent of rural sporting competitors and the supporters who ensure rural sports remain strong in New Zealand.”
The Norwood New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year
The Geraldine local holds both the individual and team’s category World Bladeshearing titles. Allan impressively became the first New Zealander to beat the blade shearing process of South African competitors. In 2018, Allan was named the second person ever to win blade shearing at the big four royal shows in the UK; the Royal Highland, Royal Bath and West, the Royal Ulster, and Royal Welsh. Recently, he won the blade shear competition at the 60th anniversary of the Golden Shears and he’ll soon head to Scotland to defend his World title in 2022.
Skellerup New Zealand Rural Sportswoman of the Year
Fonterra Young New Zealand Rural Sportsperson of the Year
Levno Contribution to Rural Sport
Toyota Lifetime Legacy
The Sir Brian Lochore Memorial Award for an Outstanding Sports person from a Rural Background - Sponsored by Allflex
Note to Media
The judging panel is convened by Olympic rowing medalist Nathan Twaddle. The panel includes rural sports icon and president of Shearing Sports New Zealand Sir David Fagan, Fencing legend Paul van Beers, MP for Taranaki-King Country Barbara Kuriger, founder and trustee of the Ford Ranger New Zealand Rural Games Steve Hollander, and respected agricultural journalists Craig ‘Wiggy’ Wiggins and Tony Leggett.
Nominations for the awards are made by rural sports associations from throughout Aotearoa.