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Sport Manawatū’s building mate, Special Olympics NZ, announces Games team

Working across the whole sporting system is our goal here at Sport Manawatū. We do this in many ways, from our sport development team, which works across an array of sporting codes, to our active team, which helps people get healthier and active. Something a little less known perhaps is how we support our sporting partners with a constantly evolving shared-services model. Right now, we lease office space, share a receptionist and administration services, and offer specialist advice to the sports organisations that reside in our building. This model is constantly growing and it is a big part of why [...]

2018-06-08T09:01:43+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Categories: Legends of Sport|

Keeping fit and active by playing sport or volunteering

Every year, more than 750,000 volunteers contribute over 50 million voluntary hours to sport in New Zealand. We call them "sport makers, hearts of our community", because without them, sport just simply wouldn't happen. Referees, line judges, club secretaries, fundraisers, team managers all make sport possible. Sports organisations are always on the lookout for new volunteers and there are numerous opportunities for joining the volunteer workforce to support sport in our region. Are you interested in getting involved? Sport Manawatū works closely with sports organisations to ensure they have enough volunteers to make sport happen. We offer a great range of support [...]

2018-05-18T09:48:31+00:00 May 18th, 2018|Categories: News, Sport Manawatū News|

Commonwealth Games reps get hearty hometown welcome

It has been a busy first half of 2018 for the team here at Sport Manawatū. We're all taking stock of how well this region embraces sport and an active lifestyle. We have celebrated many of the region's top sports people, officials and coaches at both the Manawatū and Tararua Sports Awards, we have trained alongside the Whānau Tri participants, supported the hosting of New Zealand Secondary Schools Volleyball Championships, and have exceeded our targets for our successful Active Families programme. In my last column, I spoke about the success of our Palmerston North athletes competing on the world stage at the [...]

2018-05-07T09:04:10+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Categories: News, Sport Manawatū News|

Commonwealth Games success and options for winter exercise

  The Commonwealth Games are a pivotal event for many athletes across the world and I have had the privilege of being involved with the New Zealand team for three separate Games. This year was a little different and I relished the ability to take more of a spectator role than I could as an official member of the team. I did, however, get a chance to attend some of the games as I was invited to present a workshop on "culture and performance" at the Global Coaches Conference. It was a really special moment to see the Manawatū-based athletes performing so [...]

2018-04-30T11:50:45+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Categories: News, Sport Manawatū News|

Finalists Announced for the Downer Tararua Sports Awards

  An impressive list of local sportspeople have been named as finalists for this year’s Downer Tararua Sports Awards. The biennial sporting awards, organised by Sport Manawatu, provides the opportunity to celebrate and recognise the success of local athletes, coaches, clubs, administrators and officials from the Tararua District. With nine categories, including the coveted Supreme Award and Personality Awards, the evening, to be held on the 20 April at the Dannevirke Town Hall, will recognise finalists across a wide variety of sporting codes. “There is a genuine sense of pride and caring that the community shows in sport here in [...]

2018-04-10T13:01:03+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Categories: Awards, News|

Looking to the Future with new Sports House

From left, Rehari Wharawhara, Rawiri Shedlock and Tetiwha Wharawhara after completing the Whānau Tri 2017. It's that time again. On Saturday, it's time for the annual Humphries Construction Whānau Tri at Ongley Park and the Lido Aquatic Centre in Palmerston North. Here at Sport Manawatū, we really love putting this event together for the families of the region to get out there, get active and have a crack at one of the various events and distances on offer. Building into the event, we run the Whānau Tri 10-week training programme, with the support of the MidCentral District Health Board. This is an [...]

2018-04-10T08:36:58+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Categories: News, Sport Manawatū News|

Setting the Sporting Scene in Manawatū

Brendon Hartley's father Bryan with his son's trophies, at the Manawatū Sports Awards. Wow – well it was a while ago now, but the team here at Sport Manawatū is still buzzing over the inspirational evening that was the Central Energy Trust Manawatū Sports Awards. Celebrating sporting success is just one of our many hats and every year we revel in the opportunity to share our sporting success with the region. Recognition is an important part of sport, not only for athletes, coaches and officials, but also for its ability to inspire others to get out there and become fit, active and [...]

2018-03-28T16:10:19+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Categories: News, Sport Manawatū News|

TOP MANAWATU SPORTSPEOPLE CELEBRATED AT ANNUAL AWARDS

Tonight saw the celebration of the Manawatu region’s top sportspeople at the Central Energy Trust (CET) Manawatu Sports Awards, held at the CET Arena in Palmerston North. Taking out the CET Supreme Sportsperson of the Year was New Zealand motorsport darling Brendon Hartley, who will be at the starting line of Formula One’s first Grand Prix of the 2018 season in Melbourne on March 25. Hartley, a double World Endurance Champion and 24 Hour of Le Mans winner, will be racing his first full Formula One season this year. He unveiled his brand new Honda-powered STR13 with team Toro Rosso [...]

2018-03-05T11:13:39+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Categories: Awards|

Manawatu Toyota Grassroots Sports Awards 2017

Manawatu’s most dedicated volunteers took to the stage of the Palmerston North Conference and Function Centre last Friday, November 17 at the Manawatu Toyota Grassroots Sports Awards. From Youth to Super Volunteers (25+ years of service), the awards exposed the variety of hardworking volunteers among the region. There was a clean sweep of awards from the Dannevirke Tigers Rugby League Club who won the night’s two major awards, named Sports Organisation of the Year, as well as their Chairperson Naioma Chase winning Regional Sport Maker of the Year. The winning didn’t stop there for the club, also winning Participation [...]

2017-11-23T12:46:03+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Categories: Awards, News|

Finalists Announced for the 2017 Manawatu Toyota Grassroots Sport Awards

Sport Manawatu is set to recognise the region’s most dedicated sport volunteers and organisations at the Manawatu Toyota Grassroots Sports Awards next week. The awards evening will celebrate 26 individual volunteers and seven organisations who are finalists across ten award categories. There is also a recognition award for our ‘super volunteers’. “Our Super Volunteers are the dedicated people who have been giving up their time for over 25 years. That’s an impressive feat and they deserve to be recognised,” says Sport Manawatu Chief Executive, Trevor Shailer. “We are very lucky to be such a proud sporting region and [...]

2017-11-08T16:23:36+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Categories: Awards, News|