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Bay of Plenty Sports Awards seeks good sports

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Sport Bay of Plenty has undertaken a review of the 2020 Bay of Plenty Sports Awards and decided to cancel the awards in favour of targeted community celebrations in early 2021.

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The decision was prompted by the severe challenges brought about by COVID-19, including highly disrupted playing seasons across many sports. Sport manager Nick Chambers says the review was also an opportunity to reflect on the hard work of those on the frontline of community sport and recreation, and the role they have played in an exceptionally challenging year.

“This was a very difficult decision but we took a step back and recognised that, despite the many challenges of COVID-19, there remained an army of hard-working individuals who have been supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of our communities by helping people get active and stay active during a really tough period.

“The focus of next year’s celebrations will therefore be those ‘good sports’ who have worked selflessly, tirelessly and innovatively to support and motivate active communities.”

Chambers says the new Good Sports celebrations in early 2021 will occur in Tauranga, Rotorua and Whakatāne. The community-focussed celebrations will be a chance to say thank you to those that have gone the extra mile and celebrate the value of physical activity for individuals and for the communities we live, work and play in.

Nominations for the Good Sports celebrations will open early in 2021. Further details will be available in December at

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