Award Categories

Sportswoman of the Year

Open to any female who has excelled as an individual or in a team, in one or more sports whose level of achievement represented the Wellington region to the highest level / greatest achievement. Achievements by nominees will only be considered if they have occurred during the qualifying period of 18 April 2017 to 16 April 2018.



  • Regarding the achievement, was it in that sport’s ‘pinnacle event’ (eg Olympics, Paralympics, Rugby World Cup)

  • Regarding the achievement, was it a world record, or world ranking or recognition (eg ‘World Player of the Year’)

  • Regarding the achievement, the quality of the field / competition

  • The global nature of the sport

  • New Zealand’s capability and world ranking over a period of time in the particular sport


Nominees under consideration for the awards must be a ‘Wellingtonian’ as per the criteria (a), (b), or (c) below:

(a) Through residency in the greater Wellington region during the qualifying period

(b) Through representing the Wellington region or a Wellington based club in their chosen discipline during the qualifying period

(c) Through being commonly acknowledged as a Wellingtonian (including the Wairarapa, Kapiti, Porirua and Hutt Valley) although not regularly resident in the region due to the demands of their sporting career

Sportsman of the Year

Open to any male who has excelled as an individual or in a team, in one or more sports whose level of achievement represented the Wellington region to the highest level / greatest achievement.  Achievements by nominees will only be considered if they have occurred during the qualifying period of 18 April 2017 to 16 April 2018.



  • Regarding the achievement, was it in that sport’s ‘pinnacle event’ (eg Olympics, Paralympics, Rugby World Cup)

  • Regarding the achievement, was it a world record, or world ranking or recognition (eg ‘World Player of the Year’)

  • Regarding the achievement, the quality of the field / competition

  • The global nature of the sport

  • New Zealand’s capability and world ranking over a period of time in the particular sport


Nominees under consideration for the awards must be a ‘Wellingtonian’ as per the criteria (a), (b), or (c) below:

(a) Through residency in the greater Wellington region during the qualifying period

(b) Through representing the Wellington region or a Wellington based club in their chosen discipline during the qualifying period

(c) Through being commonly acknowledged as a Wellingtonian (including the Wairarapa, Kapiti, Porirua and Hutt Valley) although not regularly resident in the region due to the demands of their sporting career

Emerging Sportswoman of the Year

Open to any female athlete who has excelled as an individual or in a team in one or more sports within the qualifying period, who has the greatest potential to be the Wellington Sportsperson of the Year winner in the future. Nominees must be under the age of 20 as at 16 April 2018 (end of achievement period).  Achievements by nominees will only be considered if they have occurred during the qualifying period of 18 April 2017 to 16 April 2018.



  • Nominees will not have represented provinces, schools or clubs outside the Greater Wellington Region during the judging period, where there have been opportunities to represent provinces, schools or clubs at the same level within the Greater Wellington Region

  • Must not have achieved success at elite international level or have represented New Zealand as part of a national open team. Success at an elite international level is defined as having medalled at the Olympic Games or Senior World Championships (or that sports equivalent competition).

  • Individual athlete or athlete in a team, under the age of 20, who has the greatest potential to be an Olympic or World champion and a Wellington Supreme Sportsperson of the year award winner in the future

  • This award can only be won once by an individual


Nominees under consideration for the awards must be a ‘Wellingtonian’ as per the criteria (a), (b), or (c) below:

(a) Through residency in the greater Wellington region during the qualifying period

(b) Through representing the Wellington region or a Wellington based club in their chosen discipline during the qualifying period

(c) Through being commonly acknowledged as a Wellingtonian (including the Wairarapa, Kapiti, Porirua and Hutt Valley) although not regularly resident in the region due to the demands of their sporting career

Emerging Sportsman of the Year

Open to any male athlete who has excelled as an individual or in a team in one or more sports within the qualifying period, who has the greatest potential to be the Wellington Sportsperson of the Year winner in the future. Nominees must be under the age of 20 as at 16 April 2018 (end of achievement period).  Achievements by nominees will only be considered if they have occurred during the qualifying period of 18 April 2017 to 16 April 2018.



  • Nominees will not have represented provinces, schools or clubs outside the Greater Wellington Region during the judging period, where there have been opportunities to represent provinces, schools or clubs at the same level within the Greater Wellington Region

  • Must not have achieved success at elite international level or have represented New Zealand as part of a national open team. Success at an elite international level is defined as having medalled at the Olympic Games or Senior World Championships (or that sports equivalent competition).

  • Individual athlete or athlete in a team, under the age of 20, who has the greatest potential to be an Olympic or World champion and a Wellington Supreme Sportsperson of the year award winner in the future

  • This award can only be won once by an individual


Nominees under consideration for the awards must be a ‘Wellingtonian’ as per the criteria (a), (b), or (c) below:

(a) Through residency in the greater Wellington region during the qualifying period

(b) Through representing the Wellington region or a Wellington based club in their chosen discipline during the qualifying period

(c) Through being commonly acknowledged as a Wellingtonian (including the Wairarapa, Kapiti, Porirua and Hutt Valley) although not regularly resident in the region due to the demands of their sporting career

Disabled Sportsperson of the Year

Open to any male or female athlete who has excelled as an individual or in a team in one or more sports as a disabled sportsperson within the qualifying period. Achievements by nominees will only be considered if they have occurred during the qualifying period of 18 April 2017 to 16 April 2018.



  • An athlete can be nominated in more than one category e.g. emerging sportswoman / sportsman and sportsperson of the year

  • Performance based


Nominees under consideration for the awards must be a ‘Wellingtonian’ as per the criteria (a), (b), or (c) below:

(a) Through residency in the greater Wellington region during the qualifying period

(b) Through representing the Wellington region or a Wellington based club in their chosen discipline during the qualifying period

(c) Through being commonly acknowledged as a Wellingtonian (including the Wairarapa, Kapiti, Porirua and Hutt Valley) although not regularly resident in the region due to the demands of their sporting career

Team of the Year

Open to an outstanding club team of two or more persons within the qualifying period. Achievements by nominees will only be considered if they have occurred during the qualifying period of 18 April 2017 to 16 April 2018.



  • Clubs / franchises with volunteers, paid staff, amateurs and professionals are eligible for this award

  • Clubs / franchises will not have represented another province outside the greater Wellington region during the qualifying period

  • The nominee or nominees during the qualifying period must be a member of and have competed for a local or regional sporting team e.g. club team, school team, representative team or franchise that is aligned to or part of the Greater Wellington Region

  • Performance based

Club of the Year

Open to any sports club who displays outstanding impact in and on the community. Achievements by nominees will only be considered if they have occurred during the qualifying period of 18 April 2017 to 16 April 2018.


Strong clubs will exhibit the following characteristics:



  • Having a club/business plan

  • Alignment to the national / regional bodies program (e.g. whole of sport approach)

  • Evidence of volunteer management strategies (attract, develop, retain)

  • Evidence of financial sustainability / viability

  • Sound leadership (role descriptions for committee and key club roles, robust governance practices)

  • Community engagement (e.g. with other clubs, schools, sponsors, external stakeholders or community groups)

  • Coach development processes in place

  • Female and male, junior and senior membership of the club

  • Any awards achieved (recognition of best practice)

  • Competition outcomes (across the entire club structure)

  • Retention and growth of membership

Official of the Year

Open to an outstanding referee / umpire / judge within the qualifying period. Achievements by nominees will only be considered if they have occurred during the qualifying period of 18 April 2017 to 16 April 2018.



  • Referee / umpire nominations are open to all on field / off field / court officials e.g. referees, umpires, sideline assistants, score bench officials, road marshals, commissaries

  • Only individual nominations will be accepted

  • Volunteers, paid staff, amateurs and professionals are eligible


Nominees under consideration for the awards must be a ‘Wellingtonian’ as per the criteria (a), (b), or (c) below:

(a) Through residency in the greater Wellington region during the qualifying period

(b) Through representing the Wellington region or a Wellington based club in their chosen discipline during the qualifying period

(c) Through being commonly acknowledged as a Wellingtonian (including the Wairarapa, Kapiti, Porirua and Hutt Valley) although not regularly resident in the region due to the demands of their sporting career

Volunteer of the Year

Open to a volunteer who has displayed outstanding commitment and dedication within the qualifying period. The Volunteer of the Year award is designed to recognise the valuable contribution that volunteers make to their Wellington Sport Community. Achievements by nominees will only be considered if they have occurred during the qualifying period of 18 April 2017 to 16 April 2018.



  • Any volunteer in the Wellington region sport and recreation community is eligible

  • Does not receive remuneration for their volunteer contribution

  • Presentation of a positive image for their sport, club and sport and recreation in Wellington

  • The impact of the nominee’s efforts on the community or recipients of the volunteer’s time must be demonstrated

  • Flair, innovation or initiative i.e. a new initiative vs. working within existing programmes

  • Significant contribution – time (hours per week / over qualifying period), or commitment extraordinary service to Wellington Club or Sport over the qualifying period)


Nominees under consideration for the awards must be a ‘Wellingtonian’ as per the criteria (a) or (b) below:

(a) Through residency in the greater Wellington region during the qualifying period

(b) Through representing the Wellington region or a Wellington based club in their chosen discipline during the qualifying period

Coach of the Year

Open to any outstanding coach within the qualifying period. Achievements by nominees will only be considered if they have occurred during the qualifying period of 18 April 2017 to 16 April 2018.



  • Only individual nominations will be accepted (no teams of coaches).

  • Volunteers / amateurs and paid staff / professionals are eligible

  • Nominees will not have represented provinces or clubs outside the Greater Wellington Region during the judging period, where there have been opportunities to represent provinces or clubs at the same level within the Greater Wellington Region

  • Performance based


Nominees under consideration for the awards must be a ‘Wellingtonian’ as per the criteria (a), (b), or (c) below:

(a) Through residency in the greater Wellington region during the qualifying period

(b) Through representing the Wellington region or a Wellington based club in their chosen discipline during the qualifying period

(c) Through being commonly acknowledged as a Wellingtonian (including the Wairarapa, Kapiti, Porirua and Hutt Valley) although not regularly resident in the region due to the demands of their sporting career

Leadership Award

Open to any individual who has provided outstanding leadership in the sport and active recreation sector within the qualifying period.

Achievements by nominees will only be considered if they have occurred during the qualifying period of 18 April 2017 to 16 April 2018.



  • Only individual nominations will be accepted

  • The nominee may be an administrator, coach, official, player, or combination of these

  • Volunteers / amateurs and paid staff / professionals are eligible

  • The nominee will have demonstrated leadership qualities which ‘made a difference’

  • Qualities such as developing the culture of the team they are part of, building trust and relationships, modelling the team’s values and providing clear direction and purpose through their leadership are all factors which will be considered by the judges


Nominees under consideration for the awards must be a ‘Wellingtonian’ as per the criteria (a), (b), or (c) below:

(a) Through residency in the greater Wellington region during the qualifying period

(b) Through representing the Wellington region or a Wellington based club in their chosen discipline during the qualifying period

(c) Through being commonly acknowledged as a Wellingtonian (including the Wairarapa, Kapiti, Porirua and Hutt Valley) although not regularly resident in the region due to the demands of their sporting career

Personality of the Year

Open to an individual or group of individuals that have brought colour, passion or flair, and contributed positively to the culture of sport, either on or off the field. The winner will be decided by a people’s choice voting system.



  • This award is judged via poll and not influenced by the Awards judging panel in any way.


Nominees under consideration for the awards must be a ‘Wellingtonian’ as per the criteria (a), (b), or (c) below:

(a) Through residency in the greater Wellington region during the qualifying period

(b) Through representing the Wellington region or a Wellington based club in their chosen discipline during the qualifying period

(c) Through being commonly acknowledged as a Wellingtonian (including the Wairarapa, Kapiti, Porirua and Hutt Valley) although not regularly resident in the region due to the demands of their sporting career

Lifetime Contribution Award

Open to an individual to honour their past and/or present contributions to sport.



  • Those who have previously received this award will not be eligible. Minimum of 20 year service to an organisation or a sport (although under special circumstances, an exemption to the eligibility criteria will be considered)

  • For service as administrator, coach, manager, official, event manager or other service to sport

  • Only individual nominations will be accepted

  • Volunteers, paid staff, amateurs and professionals are all eligible for the award

  • The nominee must have clearly demonstrated loyalty to the Wellington region

  • Time, success, impact of service and development of local talent are all factors which will be considered by the judges


Nominees under consideration for the awards must be a ‘Wellingtonian’ as per the criteria (a), (b), or (c) below:

(a) Through residency in the greater Wellington region during the qualifying period

(b) Through representing the Wellington region or a Wellington based club in their chosen discipline during the qualifying period

(c) Through being commonly acknowledged as a Wellingtonian (including the Wairarapa, Kapiti, Porirua and Hutt Valley) although not regularly resident in the region due to the demands of their sporting career

Supreme Sportsperson of the Year Award

Open to all category winners, with the exception of Lifetime Contribution and Personality of the Year.



  • Nominations are not taken directly for this award. Only the respective category winners are only eligible for this award.

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