2020 NORTHLAND SPORTS AWARDS
In early May 2020, we had to make the tough decision whether we would cancel the 2020 sports awards that Sport Northland solely organises due to the impact of COVID-19. Many of you will be aware of the long lead-in time to organise the various awards so we had to make the call early as to whether they would go ahead.
The following scheduled sports awards for 2020 (that SN solely organises) have been cancelled:
Silver Fern Farms Kaipara Sports Awards (November 2020)
FNDC Far North Sports Awards (November 2020)
Conbrio Northland Sports Awards (March 2021)
The key reasons for this are:
Although summer codes had largely completed their competition by the time COVID-19 was upon us, winter codes are having a shortened and/or modified competition in the qualifying period, and therefore it seems unfair to hold the awards almost exclusively for summer codes
Some clubs might be struggling as to whether they can pull a team together for a local competition, let alone thinking of hosting their own prizegiving, and therefore would struggle with putting any nominations forward to a district award
It would be hard to judge between achievements with there being very little national/international competitions in the qualifying period (1 October 2019 – 31 October 2020)
There will be some discussion on whether we extend the qualifying period for the 2021 awards to two years to make up for this year’s cancellation to recognise the 2019/20 top achievements however, a final decision will be made at a later date and all codes will be informed of any changes for the 2021 awards.
We will also be considering how we can celebrate the sports community in other ways later on in the year outside of traditional sports awards.
Thank you for your understanding.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
The Northern Advocate People’s Choice Award will also be awarded on the night where the public will be able to vote for their favourite ‘Sideline Champion’ in the lead up to the event.
We are recognising the person that best demonstrates that values of a ‘Good Sport.’ The winner will be a leader in youth sport, they will demonstrate integrity and mana on the side-line, they keep the child’s experience fun and development focused, and they encourage participation in a variety of sports. That’s because young people who receive quality experiences in sport become sport lovers for life and we want to acknowledge the Northlanders that understands this concept and deserves the recognition.
Finalists will be profiled in The Northern Advocate in the lead up whereby the public can vote.