Nominations open as search begins for Waitaki’s best

Champions all . . . Major winners at last year's Waitaki Sports Awards were (back, from left) guest speaker Nathan Fa'avae, Micah Hayes (emerging talent), Narcis Gherca (coach), Wendy Fallon (masters), Bruce Rowland (services to sport); front, Maysie Scott (team), Emma Paton (disability), Connor Sandri (sportsperson), Jennifer O'Connell (junior sportswoman) and Nathan Smith (junior sportsman and supreme winner). PHOTO: CAROL EDWARDS

Nominations are now open for the Waitaki Sports Awards.

All sports organisations and schools are encouraged to nominate athletes, coaches, and administrators for the awards.

Nominations remain open until 5pm on Friday, December 16. A judging panel yet to be confirmed will then review nominations ahead of the awards evening at the Oamaru Opera House on March 6.

Last year, a record number of nominations was received, and Sport Waitaki’s Rhiannon McLean is hoping to see another swag of nominations this year.

“There has been some outstanding success stories of local athletes and teams in 2016. These awards are the perfect opportunity for clubs, teams and schools to recognise the success of our athletes and the dedication of our coaches and administrators by putting in a nomination.”

The nomination from can be found at under “Wider Otago” or by contacting Sport Waitaki on 434-9379.

Waitaki-sponsored awards this year is the Stewart Mitchell Award for sports officials, named for the Oamaru rowing stalwart.

Traditional awards will be presented to sportsperson, junior sportsman, junior sportswoman, male emerging talent, female emerging talent, athlete with a disability, masters sportsperson, coach and team of the year, as well as the Denis Birtles Memorial for services to sport.

Winners of the individual athletes’ awards are in the running for the supreme award.

New Zealand under-19 cricketer Nathan Smith won the supreme award last year.Running SneakersNike