Nominations roll in for 2020 sports awards

Leon MacDonald will be guest speaker at the 2020 Marlborough Sports Awards. Photo: Shuttersport.

COVID may have played havoc with the sporting landscape in 2020, but there is still plenty for Marlborough’s sporting fraternity to celebrate at the annual sports awards evening on November 16.

Despite a disrupted year for many codes, nominations have flooded in for the 2020 Marlborough Sports Awards, over 30 nominees being put forward by 22 different sporting organisations.

To help celebrate, the organisers have also attracted a couple of former Marlborough sporting identities to spice up proceedings. Joe Wheeler, a former Tasman Mako, Crusaders and Highlanders forward, and latterly a Sky Sport presenter, will be master of ceremonies. Joe will be joined on stage by Blues coach Leon MacDonald, one of this province’s most successful sportsmen, with some lively banter guaranteed.

The annual celebration of sporting prowess, which has been running continuously since 1968, will have a slightly-modified format in 2020.

The MSA organising committee have opted to stage a more “grassroots” awards evening this year, with the aim of reducing potential costs to sports bodies, the nominees’ individual sponsors, plus the major supporters of the event.

Trophies will still be awarded across all five categories, with an overall winner announced, while the Marlborough Medal, for lengthy service to sport in the province, will again be presented.

Ticket prices for the evening have been reduced to $30 per head and can be purchased on the Marlborough Sports Awards website.  Although there will be no formal dinner there will be a light supper and dessert served, plus some beverages.

As usual, trophies will be presented across five categories -sportsman and sportswoman of the year, junior sportsman and sportswoman, plus team of the year. The five winners will then be eligible for the supreme award, the title of Marlborough Sportsperson of the Year.

For more information on the 2020 Marlborough Sports Awards please contact [email protected] or go to the website www. marlboroughsportsawards.

The Marlborough Sports Awards are jointly run by Sport Tasman, Blenheim Round Table and Marlborough Media.

The event’s main sponsors are House of Travel, Redwood Trust, MoreFM, WK Advisors and Accountants, Marlborough Convention Centre and Fairweathers.

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