Silver Fern Farms Kaipara Sports Awards
At Sport Northland we have been reviewing our position on the organisation of sports awards since the disruption caused by Covid-19 last year.
One of the first casualties of Covid-19 for Sport Northland was the 2019 Conbrio Northland Sports Awards. These awards were scheduled to be held in March 2020 but as we were in lockdown at that time, they were held, very successfully, in a virtual format.
The lack of competitive sport throughout 2020 then led Sport Northland to re-consider holding our district awards (Far North and Kaipara) in November 2020 and the 2020 Conbrio Northland Sports Awards in March this year, and as such all were canceled for the following reasons:
Added to this is the fact that our awards have become more expensive and difficult to run, especially over the last five years. As such we have had to take the following into account as well:
The format for the awards hasn’t changed much since 1987 when the Northland Sports Awards first began, yet Sport Northland’s focus and purpose has. Our focus also includes play and active recreation in addition to sport and the vast majority of our work is about community participation and development. We believe that the sports awards (as they have previously operated) do not directly align with our vision for All Northlanders leading better lives through involvement in play, active recreation and sport.
Long story short, we recognise it is time for a change.
This has subsequently led us to review all the sports awards that we run and our thinking has evolved to a place where we are wanting to keep the best of what we had previously while decreasing the staff time spent on organising the actual sports awards functions. As such, the Sport Northland board has approved the following for 2022:
In summary, this means instead of the previous district sports awards, we will pilot a new way to acknowledge the backbone of our play, active recreation and sport system volunteers for all of Tai Tokerau, while at a regional level we will keep our top awards and expand the Community Impact Award to include play and active recreation. Both of these will be in an on-line format.
All of this will be reviewed following the delivery of the awards in 2022.
We realise there may be some disappointment in the awards not continuing as they have, however we will continue to review the awards to ensure that any new changes continue to recognise the life blood of sport – our volunteers, and the other sectors of play and active recreation who all contribute significantly to “All Northlanders leading better lives through involvement in play, active recreation and sport”.
2020 - No Awards due to Covid-19
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