The Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards honour the best of our rural athletes, and now is the time for rural sports organisations to get their nominations in for the 2022 awards.
In its sixth year, the awards honour athletes and the volunteers and administrators who make their sports possible, from fields 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 this year; we are proud to announce a new award, the FuturePost Award for a 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.”
Nathan Twaddle also welcomed Courtesy Ford as the new sponsor of the lifetime Legacy Award.
Norwood Chief Executive Tim Myers said awards recognise those who are passionate about heritage sports – they give it all they’ve got, and it’s fitting that we celebrate their commitment and character.
“Every year, it is awe-inspiring to hear the stories and achievements of rural sports athletes, many of whom are world champions in their discipline,” said Mr Myers. “It’s also heartening to hear about the dedication of rural sports administrators to their sports. Many of them are the glue that keeps heritage sports alive in rural Aotearoa today.”