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Sport Maker recipients announced

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sport Maker recipients announced

The Thank a Sport Maker campaign is part of a partnership with the Lotto Volunteer Foundation and Sport NZ that will see the Bay of Plenty sharing in over $1 million of quality clothing and sports gear to be awarded to Sport Makers throughout New Zealand over the next three years.   

Sport Bay of Plenty would like to announce their September Bay of Plenty Sport Maker of the Month recipients. Louella Axon, (Special Olympics Tauranga) Western Bay of Plenty, Mark Keaney, (Rotorua Cricket Association) from the Central Bay, and Daryl Owen, (Eastern Bay of Plenty Gymnastics Club) from the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

David Mortimore, Community Sport Team Leader at Sport Bay of Plenty said of the latest nominations, “We are pleased that clubs and sports organisations are taking the opportunity to recognise the effort and time their volunteers are giving to their sport. Without these people in our community sport simply would not happen. Congratulations to all who were nominated.”

Our Sport Makers contribution to sport is detailed below. Each Sport Maker receives a certificate of appreciation and gift, presented by Sport Bay of Plenty, on behalf of Lotto Foundation and Sport New Zealand.

Louella Axon, Western Bay of Plenty –

Special Olympics Tauranga

Louella is the chairperson of Special Olympics Tauranga, and she is also Athletics co-ordinator in Tauranga. She puts in endless hours of work to help make Special Olympics opportunities available for local people with intellectual disabilities. In Tauranga they have Athletics, Swimming, Basketball, Golf, Ten Pin Bowling and Bowls available for the athletes. They take them away for tournaments to other cities. This year they are taking a squad of 62 to Dunedin for the National Games. This is a massive undertaking and a huge expense. A lot of fundraising has been required. Without people like Louella these opportunities wouldn't be available for the athletes. And the social aspect of Special Olympics is priceless for these people.

Nominated by: Michelle Senkus

Mark Keaney, Central Bay of Plenty –

Rotorua Cricket Association

As both a coach and the Chairman of the Rotorua Cricket Association, Mark has been instrumental in rebuilding cricket in the Rotorua region. Mark has an in-depth understanding of cricket development and the challenges that are faced when promoting a sport in the community. The initiatives Mark has helped put in place has seen junior cricket numbers grow by 400% in only a few years which is a remarkable achievement. Mark thoroughly deserves recognition for the tireless work he has put in in developing cricket in the Rotorua region.

Nominated by: Tai Bridgman-Raison

Daryl Owen, Eastern Bay of Plenty –

Eastern Bay of Plenty Gymnastics Club

Daryl Owen took over as president of the gym club last year. She is also coach of the boys team and through her coaching has brought the number of boys doing competitive gym in her group from one to six. This is amazing for a female dominated sport. She donates 4 hours a week of her time with the boys and countless weekends away when they do competitions. She also puts her name forward to judge at these events. All this involves so much of her voluntary time. As club president she initiated our first ever regional competition held at our club rooms. This involved a lot of organising and was a great success with over 80 competitors from around the country. Great for Whakatane! She truly is an amazing person with a can do attitude and she has a great rapport with the boys that makes them strive for success. Her team won Midland champs and countless other competitions this year.

Nominated by: Lizzie McCleary

People can show their appreciation for the Sport Makers who blow a whistle, coach, balance the books or help cook the sausages for the fundraising BBQ, by nominating at: www.sportbop.co.nz/sportmakers. Each month three Sport Makers from around the Bay of Plenty will be selected to receive a certificate of appreciation and a prize (event jacket).

ENDS

For further information contact:

Melanie Short

Marketing and Sponsorship Manager

Sport Bay of Plenty

021 860 063

melanies@sportbop.co.nz

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