Skip to Content

Sport NZ congratulates award winners

21 June 2021
Three award winners standing with Raelene Castle

Sport NZ congratulates the winners of the annual New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards, held in Hamilton this evening.

"Tonight is about recognising the outstanding work and inspirational people across our sector that support New Zealanders to be physically active," says Sport NZ Chief Executive Raelene Castle.  

"The awards ceremony brings together leaders from across the sector to recognise the top achievements and to acknowledge leadership and lifetime achievement. This year has also seen the introduction of two new award categories, Māori Participation and COVID-19 Response, as well as the renaming of our lifetime achievement awards in honour of the late Sir Eion Edgar and his wife Jan, Lady Edgar.”

The awards coincide with Sport NZ's annual Connections Conference for leaders from the sport and recreation sector. This year's conference theme is "Leading and Managing Change" and features speakers from a range of national and international experts spanning disciplines including sport, business, leadership and psychology.   

The award winners are:  

Commercial Partnership - Badminton New Zealand | Barfoot & Thompson

Leadership in Diversity - Sport Waitakere

COVID-19 Response (Peoples’ Choice) - Basketball New Zealand – NBL Showdown

Community Impact– Local/Community - Sport Waitakere

Community Impact Finalists – Regional/National - Touch New Zealand

Māori Participation Finalists - Waka Ama NZ

Susie Simcock Future Leaders' Scholarship - Kylie Turuwhenua-Tapsell, Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti

C.K. Doig Leadership Award - Andrew Leslie, Recreation Aotearoa

Sir Eion and Jan, Lady Edgar Lifetime Achievement Awards - Terry Sheldrake MNZM, Jennifer Millar CNZM, Dick Garrett


If you require an accessible version of any content on the site please contact us and we will be happy to assist.

Get Active
Find a sport or recreation activity
Browse Directory
Sport NZ
Who we are and what we do
Information on funding
Stay updated
Me whakahoutia

Sign up to our regular newsletters that connect Sport NZ to all those involved in the play, active recreation and sport sector.

burger close icon

Stay updated

Me whakahoutia

Keep up-to-date with news, events, and initiatives across the play, active recreation and sport sector.
No thanks