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Bronwyn Kay Agency Sporting Excellence Awards postponed, thanks to Covid

Disruption caused by Covid-19 has caused the postponement of Gisborne's sporting excellence awards.

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti has decided to postpone the Bronwyn Kay Agency Sporting Excellence Awards to Friday, February 11, next year.

The awards — which were planned for Friday, November 5 — acknowledge and pay tribute to outstanding sporting achievements by the sporting community over a 24-month period.

The qualifying period is usually 12 months but was extended from July 2019 to June 2021 to take into account the disruption on sport of Covid-19.

The logistics behind running the event and maintaining public health measures made it difficult to proceed with the awards in November, a Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti statement said.

The event would have to be restricted in numbers or held in an online environment. These options would also affect the quality of the event.

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti chief executive Stefan Pishief said that while people would be disappointed the awards were not going ahead in November, it had to be recognised that even with the easing of some restrictions a lot of uncertainty still existed.

“We want to be able to keep our community safe while celebrating our athletes, teams, clubs and coaches with the recognition that they deserve,” he said.

“To do this we feel that it is the best option to move the date of the awards evening.”

He hoped the postponement would mean that finalists would be able to celebrate with their friends, whanau and support people on the night that their success and contribution were acknowledged.

The generosity of sponsors allowed the event to go ahead, Pishief said.

“We would like to thank all of our local sponsors, and the wider community, for their understanding and ongoing support through these uncertain times.”

Nominations were considered by a panel of judges and finalists were announced today. They are on page 10.