The Marlborough Sports Awards are going ahead in 2020 – albeit in a slightly-modified format.
It was confirmed this week that the annual celebration of sporting prowess, which has been running since 1968, will be staged at the Marlborough Convention Centre on Monday, November 16.
However, given the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on most sports, the MSA organising committee have opted for a different approach to suit the current environment.
They have decided 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. Although there will be no formal dinner there will be snack food available on the tables, plus some beverages.
Nomination information has been sent to Marlborough’s various sporting bodies, with organisers hoping for a good spread of nominees across the categories [sportsman and sportswoman, junior sportsman and sportswoman, plus team of the year].
MSA committee spokesman Rory Crawford said, “With sports bodies facing less expenditure and not being required to find a sponsor for their individual nomination, we see this as an opportunity for them to perhaps make several nominations.
“Plus, with restricted national and international competition in 2020, we expect those competing at a local level to be more prominent in the various categories.”
Crawford added that, while no high-profile guest speaker was being sought this year, the committee were working hard on attracting an MC and speaker with links to the region.
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 run by Sport Tasman, Blenheim Round Table and Marlborough Media.
The event’s main sponsors are House of Travel, Redwood Trust, MoreFM, Marlborough Convention Centre, WK Advisors and Accountants and Fairweathers.