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You can nominate for the following categories: 

Judged Categories

(winners determined by judging panel)


Community Connection Award

Celebrating Individuals or organisations that have made a significant contribution to connecting communities through sport and active recreation in a time of adversity, as a result of any initiative they have created and undertaken. How has your sport or recreation organisation sustained your offering – e.g. reshaped and offered online, done things differently, created something completely new, or supported the building of resilience during what has been a difficult time (could include, but not limited to COVID-19)?

Sport & Active Recreation Partnership Award

Celebrating collaboration and the coming together of key organisations to leverage outcomes for the betterment of sport and recreation opportunities and experiences. This award is for councils, community, sport or recreation organisations, iwi, schools or any other organisations who have partnered with others to provide sport and active recreation opportunities to their communities. 

Outstanding Active Space Initiative

This award celebrates the unique use of spaces, places and facilities in ways that support increased participation in sport and recreation. This is an initiative or project using a local space - for example, parks and open spaces, community halls and facilities, playgrounds, waterways, gullies or school spaces, and it focuses on a celebration of the ways that sport, active recreation and play spaces can be created anywhere!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Awarded to an innovative initiative that supports diversity and inclusion in sport and active recreation by increasing access, participation, leadership opportunities, community connection and inclusion for ethnic minority groups, disability, women and girls, cultural and religious groups. 

Service to Sport

Individual nominees from the sport and active recreation sector who have completed 20 years of service in their chosen field(s). 


All judged entries will be published in the gallery from 2 November 2020 for viewing. These nominations categories will be judged after People's Choice categories voting has closed (30 November 2020). Once judging has been completed, winners will be contacted. Winners may be filmed as part of the category win announcement and will be published online at a special online event on 28 January 2021.


Click the Nominate Now button at the top of the page to make a nomination. 

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About us

Sport Waikato is a not for profit Regional Sports Trust with a vision to get 'everyone out there and active'. 


2020 has changed the way we celebrate sport and active recreation, and this year is your opportunity to be acknowledged for innovation, partnerships, collaboration, sporting moments and out of the box thinking!