Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Awards

Honouring Sporting Excellence in Our Region
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 9-17 Byron Ave, Takapuna Beach

Friday, 15th Nov 2019

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2019 Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Awards


Harbour Sport are proud to announce that nominations for the 2019 annual Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Awards are open. The awards recognise exceptional performances and contribution to sport in the North Harbour region. This is a great opportunity to showcase the outstanding sporting talent in the region. Previous winners include Andy Maloney, Lydia Ko, Shaun Johnson, Lisa Carrington, Tom Abercrombie, Tony Woodcock and Jacko Gill.

This year’s awards are being held on Friday, 15th November 2019 at Spencer on Byron. Nominations close on Friday, 27th September 2019 at 5pm and the finalists will be announced on Friday, 11th October 2019 on the Harbour Sport website.

A great night out for corporates to celebrate local sporting excellence. Contact the Events Team to reserve your corporate table.

For further information, please contact Sophie Wood via email, or phone 09 415 4652.

 The Sport Excellence Awards consist of three award categories;

  • Sport Acknowledgment Awards

The Sport Acknowledgement Awards give each sporting code in the North Harbour region the opportunity to acknowledge an individual who has excelled in their commitment to their sport.

  • Sports Excellence Awards

The Sport Excellences Award categories highlight the outstanding performances by individual athletes, teams, coaches, referees/umpires, volunteers and events in the North Harbour region. This category recognises the achievements from one sporting year.

  • Legends of Harbour Sports Hall of Fame

The Legends of Harbour honours athletes who have achieved excellence at the highest level and have also given back to sport in the Harbour Region. These nominations were put before an independent judging panel and selected based on a set list of criteria. Two athletes were inducted into the Hall of Fame at this year’s event who truly were, “Legends of Harbour.”

We received over 120 nominations across various sports across the region. The nominations were judged by an independent panel of experts representing sport, media and business, and finalists were chosen in each category.

The category winners were then announced at the Massey University Harbour Sport Excellence Awards. See below for winners.


Hayes Knight Sporting Acknowledgements

Hannah Moore

Duncan McKenzie

Christine Young

John Widdows

Karen Vernon

Alan Yates

Michelle Newton

Tobin Blathwayt

Tiffany Franklin

Tony Naidu

Marie Gisby

Trevor Smith

Stephanie Clark

Duncan McKenzie

Dorothy Callister

Denis Cooksley

David Nicholson

Sporting Excellence Overall Supreme Award
Lisa Carrington – Kayaking

NZ Sport TV Sportsman of the Year Winner

George Karl Tu’inukuafe  – Rugby

Under Armour Sportswomen of the Year Winner

Lisa Carrington – Kayaking

Cube creative Print, Design & Signage Junior Sportsman of the Year Winner

Josh Armit – Sailing

Physio Connect Junior Sportswoman of the Year Winner

Anna Leat – Football

The Spencer on Byron Junior Team of the Year Winner

Seb Menzies and Black McGlashan – Sailing

Massey University International Team Performance Winner

NZ Women’s Kayaking Team

Zeffer Regional Sportsman Winner

Damian Hirst – Football

Honda North Shore Regional Team of the Year Winner

Birkenhead United AFC

SOS Hydration Referee/Umpire Winner

Julie Carrel – Badmington

Deep Creek Breweries Coach of the Year Winner

Gordon Walker – Kayaking

Tass Print Sporting Event of the Year Winner

Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Final

Harbour Sport Maori Sports Performer of the Year Winner

Tyla Nathan-Wong – Rugby Sevens

Harcourts Cooper & CO. Club of the Year Winner

Birkenhead United – Football

Giesen Volunteer of the Year Winner

Jaron Burbidge – Football

Massey University Innovation in sport

Functional Strength

Hand Up Fund Winners

The Hand Up Fund was created by Harbour Sport as a result of an initial partnership set up with Rotary Browns Bay. The fund aims to financially support local elite junior athletes, so that they can continue performing at the highest level around the globe. This year we have seen the highest number of applications since the fund began! This shows the true commitment and talent of the young people in our community.

Ashton Reiser – Canoe Sprint

Conner Bell – Athletics

Oscar Guo – Badminton

Samuel Jones – Rowing

Tamara Otene – Beach and Indoor Volleyball

Legends of Harbour Sports Inductees 2018

Greg Yelavich

Jan Shearer and Leslie Egnot


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