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Pak'n Save Community Coach Awards

Community Coach for October - Claire Horrell

Each month a new winner will be announced with the honour of the first award going to Riversdale Tennis Club’s first lady of tennis Claire Horrell. Claire Horrell is a stalwart of the Riversdale community and a deserved winner of the Pak’n Save Community Coach Award for October. Claire has been involved in both tennis and hockey in the Riversdale community since joining the teaching staff at Wendonside School in 1948; nearly 60 years of service to her community. Claire’s children and grandchildren have also contributed immensely to the local and national sporting scene with daughter Lisa Horrell representing New Zealand in hockey. Claire is the club secretary and also coaches the juniors which this year fields 6 junior teams. Timewise Claire is at the courts every Thursday; popping in on the hour to assist professional coach Brent Busby and feeding Brent with a great country feed before he heads home late at night. Claire also helps raise funds to enable Buzz to coach in the area. Claire also spends all day down at the courts on Saturday making sure things run like clockwork and watching her 6 grandchildren play. When badminton was strong in the area Claire was also involved in the badminton club. The Pak’n Save Community Coach Awards honour volunteer coaches from throughout the Southland community. Community coaches are not restricted solely to sports coaches but include all those volunteers who work with young people and grow them into great people. Community coaches are those unsung volunteers who turn up year after year to assist with the running of groups such as boys brigade, sea scouts, church youth groups, athletics clubs, etc. Pak’n Save Food Warehouse, Sport Southland, The Southland Times, and Classic Hits 98.8FM are partnering in this exciting new initiative to acknowledge the valuable contribution volunteer community coaches make to our communities. Each monthly winner receives a $100.00 voucher redeemable at Invercargill Pak’n Save; a small thank-you from the community they serve.

Left to right: Claire Horrell, Nicole Shields, Ryan Shields, Ethan Perkins. Three of the young Riversdale tennis players Claire supports week in and week out.


About the Awards

The Pak'n Save Community Coach Award is a monthly award celebrates not only sports coaches, but volunteers in all recreational activities in Southland. Community Coaches help our community grow and become better places to live; often they are the lifeblood of the community.

The Awards have been instigated by Pak'n Save Food Warehouse, Classic Hits 98.8FM, The Southland Times and Sport Southland to recognise the valuable contribution community coaches make in our lives.

Each month the winning Pak’n Save Community Coach will receive a $100.00 voucher redeemable at Pak’n Save Invercargill. Nominations are open now so grab a nomination form and get your entry in. Winning community coaches will be announced on the last Monday of each month so listen out for the first winner on October 30. Nomination forms are available at your school, through Regional Sports Organisations, Pak’n Save Invercargill, and at Sport Southland in Stadium Southland. in the Southland Times, and by listening to Classic Hits 98.8FM.

Community Coaches – growing children into great people


Nomination Form

Click here to download the nomination form.

Return it to Sport Southland, Stadium Southland, Invercargill, or post it to PO Box 224, Invercargill


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