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Sport communities urged to nominate now for upcoming Sports
Published: 04 Oct 2016 - - Author: Press Release

Sporting communities across Whanganui, Rangitikei and Ruapehu need to be quick to enter their nominations for the upcoming Ray White 2016 Whanganui Sports Awards. This Friday, 7th October is the cut-off date and it is fast approaching!

The prestigious awards ceremony is hosted by Sport Whanganui each year to recognise and reward the achievements and significant contributions of our region’s sporting community. This year the event is taking place on Friday, 18 November at the Eulogy Lounge, Wanganui Racecourse and tickets go on sale from 10 October.

As well as a buffet dinner, live music and dance, the awards night will feature guest MC James McOnie. Not only is James a reporter on The Crowd Goes Wild, he is also a journalist, broadcaster and playmaker for his Thursday night mixed touch team.

Nominations are being sought across the following categories:

  • Sport Whanganui Services to Sport Recognition
  • David Jones Motors Masters Award
  • Mars Petcare Coach of the Year
  • Stihl Shop Wanganui Club of the Year
  • Rivercity Gas Disabled Sportsperson Recognition
  • Treadwell Gordon Junior Team of the Year
  • Ali Arc Senior Team of the Year
  • Stirling Sports National Junior Sportsperson of the Year
  • NZCT National Senior Sportsperson of the Year
  • Velo Ronny’s Bicycle Store International Junior Sportsperson of the Year
  • Mitre 10 MEGA International Senior Sportsperson of the Year

 Danny Jonas, Sport Whanganui’s CEO, is urging the sporting community to get their nominations in now: “These awards recognise exceptional performances and contribution to sport. This is an opportunity to showcase the stunning sporting talent in our region and celebrate these successes as a community. So get cracking and get those nominations in!”

Anyone wishing to submit a nomination or to find out more can head to or visit the Sport Whanganui office at 40 Maria Place Extension, Whanganui.

On the night, the annual induction of members to the ‘Whanganui Sports Hall of Fame’ (where the region’s past outstanding sports achievers are acknowledged) will again take place – as well as the ‘Sport Whanganui Roll of Honour’, which recognises volunteers who have contributed 25-plus years of service to the region’s sports.

Last year’s event attracted around 70 nominations along with 380 guests attending the Awards evening. This is the 53rd year the Awards have been held with Ray White Real Estate Wanganui being the principal naming rights sponsor for the Whanganui Sports Awards for the fourth-year-running.

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