The 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.
- The PTS Logistics New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year Award
- The Skellerup New Zealand Rural Sportswoman of the Year Award
- The Fonterra Young New Zealand Rural Sportsperson of the Year Award
- The Levno Outstanding Contribution to New Zealand Rural Sports Award
- The Courtesy Ford Lifetime Legacy Award
- FuturePost Award for a Rural Sportsperson with a Disability
Two other awards will be announced on the night of the New Zealand Rural Sports Awards, they are the:
- The Sir Brian Lochore Memorial Award for Outstanding Sportsperson from a Rural Background
- *Finalists and the winner are announced on the night of the awards
- The Supreme New Zealand Rural Sportsperson Award
- *Judges select one overall winner to go home with the 2022 Supreme Award
Nominations close 4pm Monday 17 January 2022 and finalists will be announced in February 2022.
The Awards will be presented at a gala function at Awapuni Racecourse on Friday 10 March 2023, during the Ford Ranger New Zealand Rural Games Weekend in Palmerston North.
The awards will proceed only if Palmerston North is at Level One, if the level rises the date will be postponed.