Calling all athletes, coaches, volunteers, officials, administrators, clubs, active recreation and play clubs/organisations. The 2022 Downer Tararua Sports Award nominations are open.

The awards, organised by Sport Manawatū, provides the opportunity to celebrate and recognise the success of local sport, active recreation, and play groups, individuals and clubs.

With the addition of two new categories: Community Play/Active Recreation Initiative of the Year, and Covid-19 Response Award. These categories have been added to showcase the work happening across the region to keep our communities active throughout the pandemic.

The traditional categories include: Sportsperson, Junior Sportswoman, Junior Sportsman, Official, Coach, Administrator/Volunteer, and Team of the Year.

“There is a genuine sense of pride and caring that the community shows in sport here in the Tararua and these awards are about acknowledging this sporting community and their respective successes,” says Sport Manawatu Chief Executive Trevor Shailer.

This year’s event will be held virtually on Friday 17 June.

The nomination period for this year’s awards spans from 1 January 2021 — 31 December 2021.

The nomination form can be found here.