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Sport Bay of Plenty Hosts Volunteer Recognition Breakfasts

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sport Bay of Plenty Hosts Volunteer Recognition Breakfasts

Sport Bay of Plenty last week hosted the annual volunteer recognition breakfasts, providing sport clubs, regional sport organisations and schools with the opportunity to nominate their volunteers to attend, network and listen to a guest speaker. Close to 200 dedicated volunteers from 30 sporting codes attended the breakfasts across Whakatane, Rotorua and Tauranga. 

Lotto NZ provided over 100 spot prizes, including jackets, hats, hoodies and polo shirts that were given away to the volunteers as an appreciation for their efforts. 

The guest speakers included multi-sporter Fiona Cleghorn in Whakatane, who talked about her experience in the Godzone event earlier this year; Paul Charteris in Rotorua, discussed the impact that volunteers have on the delivery of the Rotorua Ultra Marathon. Former All White James Bannatyne in Tauranga talked about the importance of volunteers in sport and in particular the role they played in the FIFA Under 20 World Cup that was held in New Zealand last year, while also touching on his experiences with the All Whites.

There are close to one million volunteers around New Zealand working unpaid, giving over 50 million hours a year. Sport Bay of Plenty enjoys the opportunity to recognise those who give their time freely as we know volunteers are fundamental to the organisation of sport.

Thank you to the sporting clubs, regional sport organisations and schools for taking the time to acknowledge their volunteers. Thank you also to the venues of the breakfasts: Tauranga RSA, Rotorua Citizens Club and Whakatane RSA for their support of these events. Finally, a big thank you to all volunteers who selflessly donate their time to ensuring sport and recreation continues to thrive around the Bay.

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