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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|


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|

Wellington to Auckland cycle race

Sport Manawatu chief executive Trevor Shailer, centre right, and volunteer adviser Leanne Couch, far right, set off on the Palmerston North-Whanganui leg of the Wellington to Auckland cycle race last Tuesday. Four members of Sport Manawatu got on their bikes for Wellington to Auckland cycle race last week. The organisation collaborated with Sport New Zealand to provide riders for the Pahiatua-Palmerston North leg on Monday and the Palmerston North-Whanganui leg on Tuesday. Sport development manager Angela Rainham and active transport advisor Phil Stevens rode on Monday, while chief executive Trevor Shailer and volunteer advisor Leanne Couch filled in [...]

2017-10-10T11:02:32+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Categories: News|

Footy fans are fizzing as Ethkick returns to town

Registrations are already overflowing for this year's Ethkick footy day. The football competition is back and bigger than ever as 40 teams return to the Central Energy Trust Arena for its eighth year running. Committee secretary Mike Sahayam said the registrations were already full, with two teams on standby. He said the sevens-style tournament coincides with the Festival of Cultures and encourages different cultures to come together in celebration. It also encouraged new migrants into Manawatu to socialise and gain football skills. People from Afghanistan, Burma, the Middle East, Africa, China, Vietnam and many more are taking part [...]

2017-10-10T11:02:32+00:00 February 10th, 2016|Categories: News|

Triathlon goal for the generations of the future

Awesome article about the Petersen family that have signed their family up for the 2016 Whanau Tri Programme! Sign you and your whanau up now and follow in Bonnies inspiring footsteps! Bonnie Petersen has signed up for the Whanau Tri,  and she's taking her family with her. Joined by her mother, sister and cousins, about 10 of her whanau are taking part in a 10-week training programme ahead of Sport Manawatu's Whanau Tri. Now in its third year, the Whanau Tri offers three different events for varying abilities, as well as a training programme in the lead up to [...]

2017-10-10T11:02:32+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|Categories: News|

Jaimee Leader

Jaimee Leader Triathlete Age: 18 Occupation: Student at Palmerston North Girls High School 6 time NZ Secondary Schools Triathlon Champion 2014 U19 World Aquathlon Champion Represented NZ at U19 World Champs 2013/14/15 Member of Tri NZ High Performance National Talent Squad Currently building up to the 2015 Triathlon World Champs in Chicago Coached by Sam Warriner Sponsored by- Asics, Funkita, Specialized, Pure Sports Nutrition and Blue Seventy

2017-10-10T11:02:32+00:00 February 2nd, 2016|Categories: News|