2003 celebrated the SBS Southland Sports Awards 50th Anniversary of the Awards and this milestone was commemorated with a Dinner at Stadium Southland.
Guest speaker was Steve Gurney, one of the country's leading multi-sport athletes. Steve has won the gruelling New Zealand Coast to Coast race nine times. This unequalled achievement is even more remarkable when you consider this super athlete nearly died doing what he loves and what he does best, competing in multi-sport events.
The aims of the Awards are:
- to inspire the Southland sporting community
- to recognise and honour the outstanding achievements and performances
- to recognise and honour our top coaches
- to recognise and honour the services of our top officials and administrators
- to promote positive sporting role models for Southlanders
Leslie Nicol returns to her seat after winning Senior Sportsperson of the Year. The supreme award for Senior Sportsperson of the Year went to Leslie Nichol for her efforts captaining the Southern Sting team and also as a member of the 2003 World Champion New Zealand netball team.
Junior Sportsperson of the Year was a very competitive category this year, and it was mentioned that to be even a finalist you really had to have won a world championship. The award went to Nathan Cohen, who is the New Zealand under 17, under 19 and under 21 champion in rowing. He then went on to the Junior World Champs and came 2nd.
The Southern Sting pulled off a 'threepeat', winning their third Team of the Year award, after winning their fifth National Bank Cup title in a row.
Coach of the Year went to Phil Young, coach of the National Provincial Championship rugby team, the Southland Stags. Phil coached the Stags to their best ever season record in 2003, finishing an agonising one win away from a semi final place.
Tom Pryde won the Administrator of the Year award. Tom was the driving force behind getting a World Championship Triathlon event to New Zealand and to Queenstown.
The Sport Southland Services to Sport Awards went to Robyn Boniface for her commitment to golf and Sue Rodgers for her dedication to the sport of athletics.
SOUTHLAND SENIOR SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR
Jane Arnott (Athletics)
Jimmy Cowan (Rugby)
Lesley Nichol (Netball)
Brett Sutherland (Special Olympian Powerlifter)
Wendy Telfer (Netball / Softball)
Richard Ussher (Multisport)
SOUTHLAND JUNIOR SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR
Nathan Cohen (Rowing)
Scarlett Hagen (Mountain Biking)
Jamie MacKintosh (Rugby)
Julia McLean (Skiing)
Haylee Tinnock (Trampolining)
SOUTHLAND TEAM OF THE YEAR
Ascot Park Southern Sting (Netball)
Mt Anglem College (Mixed Touch Team Touch)
Southland Stags (Rugby)
SOUTHLAND COACH OF THE YEAR
Robyn Broughton (Netball)
Dave Madden (Squash)
Allister Morris (Rowing)
Phil Young (Rugby)
SOUTHLAND ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR
Colleen Bond (Netball)
Paddy O'Brien (Rugby)
Tom Pryde (Triathlon)
For further information contact Gordon Crombie of Sport Southland, or Ross Jackson of the Southland Amateur Sports Trust.
Level 2, Menzies Building
3 Esk Street West(behind Wachner Place)
Phone: (03) 2147 150
Southland Amateur Sports
C/- McCulloch & Partners
Cnr Spey & Kelvin Streets
Phone: (03) 2186 179
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