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Nominations close soon for 2022 Waikato Sports & Active Recreation Awards

“This is the third year of celebrating our community initiatives and people - those unsung heroes, amazing coaches and initiatives…. Those that help to build a lifelong love of being active for the people of the Waikato region,” said Matthew Cooper, CEO of Sport Waikato.

The Awards encourage nominations from those in the community who go above and beyond to deliver programmes aimed at participation, and meeting the needs of the participants.

The categories are:

· Community Connection: Celebrating those individuals or organisations that have created physical activity initiatives that respond to the needs of the community, putting participant experience at the heart of decision-making to bring people together.

· Sport & Active Recreation Partnership: This award is for councils, community, sport or recreation organisations, iwi, schools or any other organisations who have partnered with others to provide sport and active recreation opportunities.

· Outstanding Active Space Initiative: This award celebrates the unique use of spaces, and facilities in ways that support increased participation; using a local space, focusing on the ways that sport, active recreation and play spaces can be created anywhere!

· Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: An innovative initiative that supports diversity and inclusion by increasing access, participation, leadership opportunities, community connection for ethnic minority groups, disability, women and girls, cultural and religious groups.

· Community Unsung Hero: Those people in our community that help make play, active recreation and sport happen – those who have given their time in a volunteer capacity.

· Community Coach: Nominate a community coach for their ability to create positive team culture, provide participation and development opportunities for all youth sport participants, and promote the spirit of the game – aligning with Balance is Better/Good Sports principles.

· Commitment to Youth Engagement: Nominate an individual or initiative that supports youth participation in physical activity to grow the number of children and young people engaging in sport and reverse participation drop-off. Initiatives can be targeted at any age group from early childhood through to young adults ( 0-24).

Nominations close at 5pm, Friday 30 September 2022.

This year, the invited guests, finalists and their supporters come together for a special event at Claudelands, Hamilton, Thursday 26 January 2023, where winners will be announced.

To nominate, go to


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