Sport Waikato District Sports Awards 2018 nominations are open 29 August 2018 It’s time to acknowledge 2018 sporting excellence in the Waikato region by nominating your sports people and sports supporters. “Thames-Coromandel District is proud of our range of sporting people - athletes, volunteers, coaches, administrators, officials and supporters. It is important that we recognise their hard work and achievements," says our Mayor Sandra Goudie. “An amazing spread of talent from the Coromandel were nominated last year, including our very own pro-surfer Ella Williams who took the title of Sports Person of the Year, The Whangamata Under 23 Men’s Surf Rowing Team who won Team of the Year, and Thames High School Student Danielle Goodall who was the Junior Sportswoman of the Year. I know there are many more out there so make sure you get your nominations in now," says Mayor Sandra. District Sports Awards nominations are open from now until Friday 28 September 2018. Each Waikato district will have its own awards event, with category winners going forward to be considered for the prestigious Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards held in January 2019. Sport Waikato CEO Matthew Cooper says it’s so important to recognise our own local sporting talent and volunteers. “So many of our sportspeople and emerging athletes are based in the Waikato region, and it’s time to celebrate their achievements. They all put a huge amount of effort and dedication into their sport and we want to acknowledge them at our district awards. It’s also a great time to recognise and acknowledge the hard work of those who support sport – the administrators, coaches, officials and volunteers whose time is spent helping our athletes to achieve," says Mr Cooper. Regional Capability and Events Coordinator Gilly Alexander urges clubs, schools and sports organisations to take the time to fill in a nomination form so that the achievements of a district can be celebrated. “Sport Waikato makes it as easy as possible to nominate online. The forms can be saved and returned so you don’t have to do it all at once. From Administrator of the Year to Sportsperson of the Year - our categories reflect the various roles in sport, and I urge communities to nominate local sportspeople and volunteers," says Ms Alexander. Sport Waikato District Sports Awards events will take place in Taupo, South Waikato, Waikato, Waipa, Matamata-Piako, Otorohanga, Waitomo, Hauraki/Thames-Coromandel and Hamilton, during the month of November. Nominations can be made online at www.sportwaikato.org.nz/awards.